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. "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and His Work" was completed it what month?

2. In an after-note to "Lecture on Nothing," the author recalls the way in which he convinced a sound technician that he sounded like whom?

3. Which of Cage's friends obsessed over a box of spices and food that came from overseas?

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

5. Cage recalls that one of Robert Rauschenberg's paintings was destroyed by what animal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What contributions is painter Robert Rauschenberg known for?

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

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

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

5. What does Cage say about silence at the end of "45' for a Speaker"?

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

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

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

9. What does Cage say about change in "Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the contradictory nature between Cage's desire to be random but his use of form. How does he show throughout the book that he is dedicated to randomness? What random things does he do? How might his random actions, especially in his presentation on the page, be seen as not random? Is anything really random if it is planned out in advance?

Essay Topic 2

How does Cage compare modern dance to classic styles of dance? What do classic styles have that modern dance lacks? What balance does he say needs to be created for modern dance to work? What point is Cage making about the move to more modern ideas?

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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