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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Cage had a method for bringing about unpredictability where he tossed how many coins?
(a) Two coins.
(b) Six coins.
(c) Three coins.
(d) Four coins.

2. "Edgard Varese" was first published in what publication?
(a) Critical Musicology Journal.
(b) Musical Traditions.
(c) Nutida Musik.
(d) Muzica Moderna.

3. Where did Cage recall taking eight children to a zoo?
(a) Bear Lake Park.
(b) Bear Mountain Park.
(c) Bear Mountain Lake.
(d) Bear Lake Mountain.

4. Into what language was "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" translated?
(a) Spanish.
(b) Latin.
(c) German.
(d) Italian.

5. What female author did Cage ask Dr. Suzuki about at dinner?
(a) Louisa May Alcott.
(b) Gertrude Stein.
(c) Charlotte Brontë.
(d) George Eliot.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Edgard Varese" was first published in what city?

2. All three parts of "Composition as Process" were given in what country?

3. Who composed "Exercises de piano"?

4. What did Dr. Suzuki eat at dinner while everyone ate curries?

5. Who said, "John, I dearly love you, but I can't bear another minute"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cage format "Erik Satie" in a way where he and Satie never hear what the other is saying?

2. How does Cage go about exploring the work of each composer he mentions in "Composition as Process--2: Indeterminacy"?

3. What advancements in music does Cage attribute to Henry Cowell?

4. What happened to Cage when he and Xenia went to New York, expecting to stay with a friend named Max?

5. In the book's Foreword, how does Cage describe the way the writings and lectures in his book are written and presented?

6. What does Cage comment on in the article "Forerunners of Modern Music"?

7. What is the purpose of the section in "Composition as Process--III: Communication" where the author answers questions with more questions?

8. Why does the author say he is grateful to Richard K. Winslow?

9. How did painter Willem de Kooning respond when asked what painters of the past had influenced him?

10. How does Cage answer his own question about whether music can be composed without writing it in pencil or ink?

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