Silence; Lectures and Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?" Cage recalls going to a Candlelight Concert for what holiday?

2. In the introduction to "Four Statements on the Dance," Cage recalls seeing unhappiness in what man's face because his music was rarely performed?

3. Cage attended a party to which he was not invited and caused the hostess to fetch what drink from the basement?

4. "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?" was first recorded in how many parts?

5. Meister Eckhart said in sermons that he would like to be rid of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cage say "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?" should be delivered?

2. How does the author think music will evolve in regard to percussion instruments?

3. Describe the process Cage using for writing "45' for a Speaker."

4. How is the essay "Lecture on Nothing" formatted?

5. What contributions is painter Robert Rauschenberg known for?

6. Why did Vera Williams' children cry when she served them mushrooms on their steak?

7. In the third layer of "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?", what does Cage say about where "we are going"?

8. What does Cage say on the subject of poetry in "Lecture on Nothing"?

9. How does Cage avoid being psychoanalyzed?

10. Where did Cage get the idea to write "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Cage once feel about being labeled "experimental"? Why did he feel that way? What has he come to realize about the term? How does he feel about the label at the time "Experimental Music" is written?

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

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?

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