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. What item of clothing did Cage wear to visit the dentist, which the dentist asked him to remove?

2. What was the name of Cage's dentist, as stated in his story after "In This Day..."?

3. "Lecture on Nothing" was originally printed in what year?

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

5. Where did Merce Cunningham study before going to New York City?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cage think an evolution of music due to percussion instruments will affect dancers and choreographers?

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

3. How did Cage and David Tudor react when food shipped to them from India came in all mixed up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Cage avoid being psychoanalyzed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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