Midterm II Practice Quiz

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This is a short quiz geared to help solidify your knowledge and understanding of some of the terms you will need to know in order to successfully pass the midterm. This is purely for fun and practice, and you will not receive any credit for doing this. Your score will not be shared with other students. There is no limit to the number of times this quiz may be taken.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The "Enlightenment" is also referred to as

    • A.

      The Stone Age

    • B.

      The Age of Reason

    • C.

      The "Lighten Up" period

    • D.

      The return to Ars Antiqua

    Correct Answer
    B. The Age of Reason
    Explanation
    The "Enlightenment" is commonly known as the Age of Reason because it was a period in history when philosophers and intellectuals emphasized the importance of reason, logic, and scientific inquiry. During this time, there was a shift away from religious authority and superstition, and a focus on rationality, individualism, and progress. The thinkers of the Enlightenment believed that through reason and knowledge, humans could improve society and solve problems. Therefore, the term "Age of Reason" accurately captures the essence of this intellectual and cultural movement.

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  • 2. 

    A Trio Sonata consists of

    • A.

      Three soloists

    • B.

      One soloist and two basso continuo players

    • C.

      Two soloists and two basso continuo players

    • D.

      Two soloists and a harpsichordist

    Correct Answer
    C. Two soloists and two basso continuo players
    Explanation
    A Trio Sonata typically consists of two soloists and two basso continuo players. The two soloists usually play melodic lines on different instruments, such as violins or flutes, while the basso continuo players provide harmonic support on instruments like cello and harpsichord. This combination of instruments creates a balanced and rich texture in the music, with the soloists taking turns to showcase their virtuosity and the basso continuo players providing a solid foundation.

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  • 3. 

    A Cantata can be on

    • A.

      A religious subject and performed in a Lutheran church

    • B.

      A secular subject and performed for a private audience

    • C.

      A religious subject and performed as an opera

    • D.

      A and B

    • E.

      A, B, and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A and B
    Explanation
    A Cantata can be on a religious subject and performed in a Lutheran church, as well as on a secular subject and performed for a private audience. Cantatas are musical compositions that typically consist of multiple movements and are often vocal works with instrumental accompaniment. They can be written on a variety of subjects, including religious themes for performance in religious settings, such as Lutheran churches. Additionally, Cantatas can also be composed on secular subjects and performed for private audiences, such as in a concert or salon setting. Therefore, both options A and B are correct.

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  • 4. 

    A Basso Continuo may consist of

    • A.

      1 instrument

    • B.

      2 instruments

    • C.

      3 instruments

    • D.

      4 or more instruments

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    A Basso Continuo may consist of any number of instruments, ranging from just one instrument to four or more instruments. This means that it can be performed with a solo instrument, a duo, a trio, or even a larger ensemble. The flexibility of the Basso Continuo allows for different combinations of instruments to accompany the melody, providing a rich and varied texture in the music.

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  • 5. 

    The Basso Continuo is responsible for the 

    • A.

      Melody

    • B.

      Monody

    • C.

      Chordal harmony

    • D.

      Chordal monody

    Correct Answer
    C. Chordal harmony
    Explanation
    The Basso Continuo is responsible for providing the underlying harmony in a musical composition. It consists of a bass line that is played by a keyboard instrument, such as a harpsichord or organ, along with a chordal instrument, such as a lute or guitar. This combination creates a rich and full texture of harmonies that support the melody and other voices in the composition. The Basso Continuo was commonly used during the Baroque period and played a crucial role in establishing the harmonic framework of a piece of music.

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  • 6. 

    During the baroque period, a sudden shift in volume was referred to as

    • A.

      Pianoforte

    • B.

      Mezzo forte

    • C.

      Terraced Dynamics

    • D.

      Dynamic contrast

    Correct Answer
    C. Terraced Dynamics
    Explanation
    Terraced Dynamics refers to a sudden shift in volume during the baroque period. This term describes the characteristic of baroque music where the dynamics change abruptly from one level to another, rather than gradually. Unlike the later classical period where composers started using more gradual dynamic changes, baroque music often featured distinct and contrasting sections with sudden changes in volume. This technique created a dramatic effect and emphasized the contrast between different sections of the music.

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  • 7. 

    A genre of music that consists of singers, who are usually required to act and/or dance, an orchestra, costuming, staging, scenery, and text derived from a libretto is known as

    • A.

      Opera

    • B.

      A Cantata

    • C.

      An Oratorio

    • D.

      An Aria

    Correct Answer
    A. Opera
    Explanation
    An opera is a genre of music that combines singing, acting, and dancing. It involves an orchestra, elaborate costumes, staging, scenery, and a libretto, which provides the text for the performance. This explanation fits the given answer, "Opera."

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  • 8. 

    Rondo form may include

    • A.

      ABABA

    • B.

      ABACA

    • C.

      ABACABA

    • D.

      ABACADA

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    Rondo form is a musical structure that typically consists of a recurring theme (A) interspersed with contrasting sections (B, C, D, etc.). The given options present different variations of this structure. Option ABABA represents a simple rondo form with two contrasting sections, while option ABACA introduces a new contrasting section after the initial theme is repeated. Option ABACABA further expands the structure by adding another repetition of the initial theme. Option ABACADA continues this expansion by introducing yet another contrasting section. Therefore, all of the given options are valid examples of rondo form.

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  • 9. 

    What three sections must the Sonata-allegro form contain

    • A.

      Subject; Exposition; Episode

    • B.

      Introduction; Theme; Coda

    • C.

      Form; Function; Composition

    • D.

      Exposition; Development; Recapitulation

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. Exposition; Development; Recapitulation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Exposition; Development; Recapitulation." In the Sonata-allegro form, these three sections are essential. The exposition introduces the main themes and establishes the tonal structure. The development section explores and develops the themes further, often with harmonic and melodic variations. The recapitulation restates the themes from the exposition but in the tonic key, providing a sense of resolution and closure. These three sections form the basic structure of the Sonata-allegro form, which is commonly used in classical music compositions.

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  • 10. 

    The first movement of a classical period sonata must be in what form

    • A.

      Sonata-allegro form

    • B.

      Minuet and Trio form

    • C.

      Theme & Variation form

    • D.

      Rondo form

    • E.

      Binary form

    Correct Answer
    A. Sonata-allegro form
    Explanation
    The first movement of a classical period sonata must be in sonata-allegro form. This form consists of three main sections: the exposition, development, and recapitulation. In the exposition, two contrasting themes are presented. The development section explores and develops these themes further. Finally, the recapitulation restates the themes in the tonic key, providing a sense of resolution. This form allows for the development and contrast of musical ideas, creating a dynamic and structured composition.

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  • 11. 

    What would best describe the style of a recitative

    • A.

      Lyrical

    • B.

      Melodic

    • C.

      Musically heightened speech

    • D.

      Monodic

    Correct Answer
    C. Musically heightened speech
    Explanation
    Recitative is a style in opera and oratorio where the text is sung in a speech-like manner, with minimal melodic development. It is characterized by its emphasis on the natural rhythm and inflection of the text, rather than a strong melodic line. The term "musically heightened speech" accurately describes this style, as it captures the idea that recitative is a form of speech that is elevated and enhanced through musical elements such as rhythm, dynamics, and phrasing. This term differentiates recitative from other styles such as lyrical or melodic, which prioritize the development of a melodic line.

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  • 12. 

    Define Symphony (mind your spelling)

    Correct Answer
    orchestra sonata
    orchestral sonata
    sonata for orchestra
    a sonata for orchestra
    a sonata written for orchestra
    Explanation
    Symphony refers to a musical composition typically played by an orchestra. An orchestra sonata, orchestral sonata, sonata for orchestra, a sonata for orchestra, and a sonata written for orchestra all describe the same type of musical piece, which is a sonata specifically written to be performed by an orchestra.

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  • 13. 

    Ludwig van Beethoven was considered a "bridge" composer between which two music periods?

    • A.

      Baroque and Renaissance

    • B.

      Renaissance and Medieval

    • C.

      Classical and Romantic

    • D.

      Baroque and Classical

    Correct Answer
    C. Classical and Romantic
    Explanation
    Ludwig van Beethoven is considered a "bridge" composer between the Classical and Romantic music periods. He lived during the transition period between these two periods and his compositions reflect elements of both styles. Beethoven's early works are more in line with the Classical style, while his later works are more experimental and emotional, characteristic of the Romantic period. His music marked a significant shift in musical composition, bridging the gap between the structured, formal music of the Classical period and the expressive, passionate music of the Romantic period.

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  • 14. 

    The symphony, which is performed by an orchestra, evolved from the overture.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The symphony, a musical composition typically performed by an orchestra, did indeed evolve from the overture. The overture, which was originally a standalone piece played at the beginning of an opera or other large-scale musical work, gradually developed into a more complex and structured form, eventually becoming the symphony as we know it today. This evolution took place over several centuries, with composers like Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven making significant contributions to the development of the symphony. Therefore, it is true that the symphony evolved from the overture.

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  • 15. 

    Opera seria literally means comic opera.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Opera seria is a genre of opera that emerged in the 18th century and is known for its serious and dramatic themes. It is characterized by its focus on showcasing the virtuosity of the singers and often includes tragic storylines. Therefore, the statement that opera seria means comic opera is incorrect.

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  • 16. 

    A style of music that consists of a single vocal melodic line and instrumental accompaniment is known as

    • A.

      Monody

    • B.

      Melody

    • C.

      Harmony

    • D.

      Opera

    Correct Answer
    A. Monody
    Explanation
    Monody is the correct answer because it refers to a style of music that consists of a single vocal melodic line and instrumental accompaniment. In this style, the melody is given prominence while the accompaniment supports and enhances it. This is different from melody alone, where there is no accompaniment, harmony, which refers to the combination of different pitches played simultaneously, or opera, which is a form of musical theater that combines music, drama, and singing.

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  • 17. 

    A contrapuntal piece that contains a subject (a theme or short melody), an exposition (the complete statement of the subject by two or more voices), and an episode (free-writing based on the subject) is known as a

    • A.

      Suite

    • B.

      Fugue

    • C.

      Sonata

    • D.

      Motet

    Correct Answer
    B. Fugue
    Explanation
    A contrapuntal piece that contains a subject (a theme or short melody), an exposition (the complete statement of the subject by two or more voices), and an episode (free-writing based on the subject) is known as a fugue. In a fugue, the subject is introduced by one voice and then imitated by other voices, creating a complex and layered texture. The episodes provide a contrast to the subject and allow for creative exploration within the piece. The structure and characteristics of a fugue make it distinct from other musical forms such as suites, sonatas, and motets.

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