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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. What composer wrote "The Art of the Fugue"?

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

3. The essay "Composition: To Describe the Process of Composition Used in 'Music of Changes' and 'Imaginary Landscape No. 4'" was originally published in what year?

4. Yun Kiang met a man who acted like what animal?

5. In the "Definitions" section of "Forerunners of Modern Music," what term is music's "divisibility into successive parts from phrases to long sections"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the anecdote used at the conclusion of "Composition as Process--2: Indeterminacy" about Dr. Suzuki.

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

4. Why did Cage allow his creations to be called "experimental" after once resisting the title?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the significance of the series of anecdotes relating the perspective of various innovators in philosophy and art that only the present is important found in "History of Experimental Music in the United States"? Looking at each of the three anecdotes, what do they have in common, aside from their overall theme? In the article, does Cage ever say whether he agrees or disagrees with these sentiments? How does he seem to feel about the past and the future?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Varese's significance in the book. How does Cage characterize Varese's work? Why does he say that he has established the present nature of music? What examples does he present to prove this statement? What does he say to claims that Varese is a figure of the past?

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