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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. Who did Erik Satie describe as stupid and weak, according to Cage's essay on him?

2. When was "Experimental Music" first printed?

3. Cage had a method for bringing about unpredictability where he tossed how many coins?

4. "Forerunners of Modern Music" was first published in what year?

5. What composer wrote "Indices"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cage say that compositions indeterminate with respect to their performance are by definition experimental?

2. Describe what Cage said about the French and the Italians in a conversation he recalls having at a Venetian restaurant.

3. In "Experimental Music: Doctrine," how does Cage respond when asked what he had to say about rhythm?

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

5. What does Cage say about Erik Satie's relevance?

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

7. How has Cage's process of composition evolved?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore Cage's concern with his own creative process in relation to his concern with what the audience receives? When do you first get a sense of Cage's concern with experimenting with process? What does he seem most concerned with? Why might he feel this way? How does this prioritization relate to his overall non-traditional approach to creating?

Essay Topic 2

What ideas or people does Cage say inspired him as an artist? What techniques does the author use to convey to the reader that these ideas or people have inspired him? In other sections in Part 1, do you see traces of these influences?

Essay Topic 3

What does Cage say about the way opposites define each other? What is his logic in saying this? What examples does he give to prove his point? What techniques does he use to prove his point? How does this relate to a larger ideology about Buddhism?

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