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. "Lecture on Nothing" was written in a format where there are how many measures in each line?

2. In an after-note to "Lecture on Nothing," the author recalls the way in which he avoided what?

3. In "45' for a Speaker" Cage says one danger for the magnetic tape is what type of music?

4. A member of what Greek organization accused Cage of believing art follows science?

5. "Goal: New Music, New Dance" was first published in what year?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cage say about the form of "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?"

2. How did Cage come to be in possession of a coat belonging to Ms. Reis?

3. What happened when Cage told a technician during a recording session what to expect from his music?

4. What does Cage suggests that Morton Feldman felt about opposites?

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

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

7. What does Cage say about error in "45' for a Speaker"?

8. What contributions is painter Robert Rauschenberg known for?

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

10. What happened when Cage attended a party to which he was not invited and asked the hostess for rum to drink?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the first-person perspective used in the book. How would Cage's lessons on music and art be different if they were written from a third-person perspective, like they would be in a text book? What could the reader gain from a less personal perspective? What is gained from the first-person perspective that Cage uses instead?

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