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

2. When was "The Future of Music: Credo" first presented?

3. What composer wrote "Klavierst├╝cke XI"?

4. What college was Cage attending when he took a course where he wrote in the manner of Gertrude Stein?

5. A portion of "Composition as Process--3: Communication" was published in what publication?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the story Cage retells of when his mother asked his father to go to church.

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

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

4. Why is each column in "Composition as Process--1: Changes" interrupted by space without words?

5. How does Cage describe the creation of "Music for Piano"?

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

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

8. What does Cage say about being associated with Dadaism and Zen in his Foreword?

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

10. How does Cage describe the way Christian Wolff wrote music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explore the contrast created in Cage's essay which is an imaginary conversation between himself and Erik Satie. Discuss the mathematical presence in Cage's parts in relation to the near-poetic sensibility revealed in Satie's part. Why do you think the author takes this tone for his parts? Do you think he is really so cold about Satie? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Based on the three anecdotes after "Composition as Process--III: Communication," what is Cage saying about having expectations? What expectations are not being met? Does Cage seem to agree with the feelings expressed by the people in his anecdotes? How clear is his message about expectations? What techniques does he use to make his point?

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