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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Cage presented "Lecture on Nothing" at a club on what street?

2. Where did Cage recall taking eight children to a zoo?

3. Who translated "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music for Piano" into another language?

4. When was "Experimental Music" first printed?

5. In the "Definitions" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term is "sound and silence"?

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

3. What does Cage say about finding facts on the life and work of Edgard Varese?

4. What does Cage say about Varese in relation to the present nature of music?

5. How does Cage feel about poetry, according to what he says in his Foreword?

6. How much concern do Cage and his colleagues seem to have about how their work is perceived and received by its hearers?

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

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

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

10. How does Cage describe the process by which he created a piece of music scored for twelve radios?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore Cage's writings about Satie and Varese and compare and contrast his opinions of each one. What opinions does he have about what each man contributed to the evolution of music?: What does Cage say about the relevance of each composer? What does he seem to attribute to them? Whom does he seem to admire more?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the author's feelings on the nature of sound. What does Cage say about sound in "Experimental Music: Doctrine"? What does he say about the nature of sound? What does he say about interpreting it?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Cage's desire for change and his view that most people do not want change. What type of change is he referring to? Why does he think most people are reluctant? Does he seem to understand the perspective of those who are reluctant? What would he like to see happen to regard to accepting change? Is he limiting his desire for change to art, or do you think the change he seeks is part of a bigger picture? Use examples from the text to support your answers.

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