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 "45' for a Speaker," Cage says a trip from where he is to what country is a complex series of experiences?

2. In what month did Cage first present his lecture "45' for a Speaker"?

3. How long did it take Cage to read the "Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna"?

4. Cage and his friend received food and spices from what country?

5. What city was Cage in when he learned that the burning questions among students were "Where are we going?" and "What are we doing?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What contributions is painter Robert Rauschenberg known for?

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

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

7. What does the author say about modern dance and whether it works?

8. What does Cage say about classical ballet?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the author's feelings on the nature of sound. What does Cage say about sound in "Experimental Music: Doctrine"? What does he say about the nature of sound? What does he say about interpreting it?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the significance of the essay on Rauschenberg. Why do you think Cage includes a chapter about a painter in his book which mostly deals with music? What idea does Rauschenberg seem to share with Cage about art and creating it? What does it say about the author that he, as a composer, has similar ideas to a painter? What might this say about his artistic movement as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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