Theory 7 All Terms Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Which of the following terms indicates “separated, detached”??

    • A.

      Accent

    • B.

      Legato

    • C.

      Marcato

    • D.

      Staccato

    Correct Answer
    D. Staccato
    Explanation
    Staccato is the correct answer because it is a musical term that indicates playing the notes in a detached and separated manner. When a note is played staccato, it is shortened and distinct from the following notes. This creates a crisp and precise sound, as opposed to legato, which indicates playing the notes smoothly and connected. Marcato is a term that indicates playing the notes with emphasis, while accent indicates playing a note with emphasis or stress.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following terms means to gradually speed up?

    • A.

      Accelerando

    • B.

      Adagio

    • C.

      Allegretto

    • D.

      A tempo

    Correct Answer
    A. Accelerando
    Explanation
    The term "accelerando" means to gradually speed up. It is commonly used in music notation to indicate that the tempo should gradually become faster. This term is often seen in musical scores to instruct performers to increase the speed of the piece gradually.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following terms means to play the note for its full value?

    • A.

      Legato

    • B.

      Marcato

    • C.

      Staccato

    • D.

      Tenuto

    Correct Answer
    D. Tenuto
    Explanation
    The term "tenuto" means to play the note for its full value. This indicates that the note should be held for its entire duration, without any shortening or accentuation. It is often represented by a horizontal line placed above or below the note.

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  • 4. 

    What is the meaning of "legato"?

    • A.

      Connect the notes smoothly

    • B.

      Hammer each note

    • C.

      Play each note separated, detached

    • D.

      Play with your legs and toes

    Correct Answer
    A. Connect the notes smoothly
    Explanation
    The term "legato" in music refers to playing the notes smoothly and connected, without any breaks or pauses between them. It involves transitioning from one note to another seamlessly, creating a flowing and continuous sound. This technique is often used in classical music and requires a certain level of control and finesse in playing the instrument.

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  • 5. 

    What is the meaning of “animato?”

    • A.

      Like a cartoon

    • B.

      Like a machine

    • C.

      Lively, animated

    • D.

      Like an animal

    Correct Answer
    C. Lively, animated
    Explanation
    "Animato" is an Italian musical term that means "lively" or "animated." It is used to indicate that a piece of music should be played with a lively and energetic character. This term is often used by composers and conductors to give instructions to the performers on how to interpret and play the music. Therefore, the correct answer for the meaning of "animato" is "lively, animated."

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  • 6. 

    What is the meaning of “accent”?

    • A.

      Play smoothly

    • B.

      Play softly

    • C.

      Play with emphasis

    • D.

      Play with grace

    Correct Answer
    C. Play with emphasis
    Explanation
    The word "accent" typically refers to the emphasis or stress placed on a particular syllable or word in speech. In the context of playing music, "play with emphasis" suggests that the musician should emphasize or give extra weight to certain notes or phrases, making them stand out and creating a more expressive performance. This could involve playing those parts louder, with more articulation, or with a different tone quality, depending on the musical style and interpretation.

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  • 7. 

    What is the meaning of “ben, bene?”

    • A.

      Location

    • B.

      Not

    • C.

      Son of

    • D.

      Well

    Correct Answer
    D. Well
    Explanation
    The term "ben, bene" means "well."

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following images most closely represent the meaning of "marcato"? 

    • A.

      Bubbling brook

    • B.

      Feather pillow

    • C.

      Figure skater

    • D.

      Hammer striking a nail

    Correct Answer
    D. Hammer striking a nail
    Explanation
    The term "marcato" in music notation indicates that a note or series of notes should be played with emphasis or accented. This requires a strong and forceful attack on the instrument. The image of a hammer striking a nail closely represents this meaning as it conveys the idea of a sharp and forceful impact, similar to the way a marcato note is played.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following terms indicates “in a singing style?”

    • A.

      Brillante

    • B.

      Cantabile

    • C.

      Leggiero

    • D.

      Vivace

    Correct Answer
    B. Cantabile
    Explanation
    The term "cantabile" in music refers to a singing style. It indicates that the music should be performed in a lyrical and melodious manner, imitating the qualities of a human voice. This term is often used in classical music to instruct the performer to play or sing in a smooth and expressive manner, emphasizing the beauty of the melody.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following terms indicates "very loud"?

    • A.

      Forte

    • B.

      Fortissimo

    • C.

      Mezzo forte

    • D.

      Fortepiano

    Correct Answer
    B. Fortissimo
    Explanation
    Fortissimo is the correct answer because it is an Italian musical term that indicates "very loud" in music notation. It is used to instruct musicians to play a specific passage or section of music with great volume and intensity. In comparison, forte means "loud," mezzo forte means "moderately loud," and fortepiano means "loud followed immediately by soft." Therefore, fortissimo is the term that specifically indicates "very loud."

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following terms means to pause and hold the note or rest longer than its written value?

    • A.

      Con moto

    • B.

      Fermata

    • C.

      Loco

    • D.

      Più

    Correct Answer
    B. Fermata
    Explanation
    A fermata is a musical symbol that indicates to hold a note or rest longer than its written value. It is placed above or below the note or rest and signifies a pause or prolongation of the musical phrase. This allows the performer to add expression and emphasis to the music, creating a momentary pause or suspension of time. The term "fermata" comes from the Italian word for "stop" or "hold," which accurately describes its function in music.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following terms means to gradually get louder?

    • A.

      Crescendo

    • B.

      Decrescendo

    • C.

      Diminuendo

    • D.

      Forte

    Correct Answer
    A. Crescendo
    Explanation
    Crescendo is the correct answer because it refers to gradually getting louder in music. It is indicated by the symbol "

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  • 13. 

    What is the meaning of "larghetto"?

    • A.

      Large

    • B.

      Not as slow as largo

    • C.

      Slower than largo

    • D.

      Smoothly

    Correct Answer
    B. Not as slow as largo
    Explanation
    "Larghetto" is a musical term that indicates a tempo that is slower than "largo" but not as slow as "largo." It suggests a moderately slow pace, allowing for a more expressive and flowing interpretation of the music.

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  • 14. 

    What is the meaning of "mezzo piano"?

    • A.

      Moderately soft

    • B.

      Soft and fuzzy

    • C.

      Use the soft pedal

    • D.

      Very soft

    Correct Answer
    A. Moderately soft
    Explanation
    "Mezzo piano" is an Italian musical term that translates to "moderately soft" in English. It indicates that the music should be played with a moderate level of softness. This term is commonly used in sheet music to instruct musicians on the dynamics of a piece, helping them to understand the desired volume and intensity.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following collections of terms move from softest to loudest?

    • A.

      Forte - mezzo forte - piano

    • B.

      Fortissimo - pianissimo - crescendo

    • C.

      Piano - mezzo forte - fortissimo

    • D.

      Pianissimo - forte - piano

    Correct Answer
    C. Piano - mezzo forte - fortissimo
    Explanation
    The terms "piano," "mezzo forte," and "fortissimo" refer to different levels of loudness in music. "Piano" is the softest level, followed by "mezzo forte" which is moderately loud, and "fortissimo" which is the loudest level. Therefore, the correct answer is "piano - mezzo forte - fortissimo" as it represents the progression from softest to loudest.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following terms indicate that the performer should return to the beginning?

    • A.

      Da capo

    • B.

      Dal segno

    • C.

      Fine

    • D.

      Tempo primo

    Correct Answer
    A. Da capo
    Explanation
    Da capo is an Italian musical term that translates to "from the beginning." It is commonly used in sheet music to instruct performers to repeat the music from the very beginning. This term is often used in compositions where there are multiple sections or repeats, indicating that the performer should go back to the start of the piece and play it again.

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  • 17. 

    In Italian, "Fine" means . . .?

    • A.

      Monetary penalty

    • B.

      Not coarse

    • C.

      The end

    • D.

      Well done

    Correct Answer
    C. The end
    Explanation
    The word "Fine" in Italian translates to "The end". This means that it signifies the conclusion or termination of something. It does not refer to a monetary penalty or being not coarse. It is also not used to express "well done".

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following terms indicates "always"?

    • A.

      Ma

    • B.

      Meno

    • C.

      Sempre

    • D.

      Senza

    Correct Answer
    C. Sempre
    Explanation
    The term "sempre" in Italian indicates "always".

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  • 19. 

    What is the meaning of "Dal segno"?

    • A.

      Return to the beginning

    • B.

      Return to the sign

    • C.

      Play to the end

    • D.

      Follow the time signature

    Correct Answer
    B. Return to the sign
    Explanation
    "Dal segno" is an Italian musical term that translates to "from the sign." In sheet music, a sign is a symbol that indicates a specific point in the composition. When encountering "dal segno," it means that the musician should return to the sign and repeat the section of music from that point onwards. This instruction allows for repetition and ensures that the composition is played as intended by the composer.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following describes this symbol?

    • A.

      Add value to the notes

    • B.

      C clef

    • C.

      Repeat sign

    • D.

      Staccato

    Correct Answer
    C. Repeat sign
    Explanation
    The symbol being described in this question is the repeat sign. The repeat sign is used in music notation to indicate that a section of music should be repeated. It consists of two vertical lines with two dots placed before the second line. When a musician encounters this symbol, they should go back to a previous point in the music and play or sing the section again.

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  • 21. 

    What is the meaning of "D.C. al Fine"?

    • A.

      The weather in Washington is nice.

    • B.

      Return to the beginning and play to the end as marked.

    • C.

      Repeat many times.

    • D.

      Wear a nice hat.

    Correct Answer
    B. Return to the beginning and play to the end as marked.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Return to the beginning and play to the end as marked." This is because "D.C. al Fine" is a musical notation that directs the performer to go back to the beginning of the piece and play until the word "Fine" is reached, indicating the end.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following terms indicates "very fast"?

    • A.

      Allegro

    • B.

      Andante

    • C.

      Grave

    • D.

      Presto

    Correct Answer
    D. Presto
    Explanation
    Presto is the correct answer because it is an Italian musical term that indicates a very fast tempo. It is often used to describe a lively and rapid pace in music.

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  • 23. 

    "Andantino" means . . .?

    • A.

      A little bit andante

    • B.

      Less slow than andante

    • C.

      Slower than andante

    • D.

      Very andante

    Correct Answer
    B. Less slow than andante
    Explanation
    "Andantino" is an Italian musical term that means "a little bit andante". "Andante" is a tempo marking indicating a moderate speed, so "less slow than andante" suggests that "andantino" is slightly faster than "andante" but still within a moderate range. Therefore, the correct answer is "Less slow than andante".

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  • 24. 

    What is the meaning of "andante"?

    • A.

      Moderately fast; at a jogging pace

    • B.

      Moderately slow; at a walking pace

    • C.

      Quite fast; at a running pace

    • D.

      Super slow; at a crawling pace

    Correct Answer
    B. Moderately slow; at a walking pace
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "moderately slow; at a walking pace." In music, "andante" is a tempo marking that indicates a moderately slow speed, similar to the pace of walking. It is not too fast like running or jogging, nor too slow like crawling.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following collections of terms move from slowest to fastest?

    • A.

      Allegro-andante-lento

    • B.

      Andante-presto-moderato

    • C.

      Lento-allegro-prestissimo

    • D.

      Largo-presto-andantino

    Correct Answer
    C. Lento-allegro-prestissimo
    Explanation
    The terms "lento," "allegro," and "prestissimo" refer to different tempos in music. "Lento" indicates a slow tempo, "allegro" indicates a fast and lively tempo, and "prestissimo" indicates an extremely fast tempo. Therefore, the correct answer is "lento-allegro-prestissimo" because it represents the progression from the slowest tempo to the fastest tempo.

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  • 26. 

    What is the meaning of "dolce"?

    • A.

      Covered in chocolate

    • B.

      Sweet and gentle

    • C.

      Old and wrinkled

    • D.

      Slow and solemn

    Correct Answer
    B. Sweet and gentle
    Explanation
    The word "dolce" is an Italian term that translates to "sweet" in English. It is often used in music to indicate a sweet and gentle style of playing. Therefore, the correct answer is "Sweet and gentle."

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  • 27. 

    What is the meaning of "grazioso"?

    • A.

      Gracefully

    • B.

      Grazing

    • C.

      Thankfully

    • D.

      Scraped

    Correct Answer
    A. Gracefully
    Explanation
    The word "grazioso" is an Italian term commonly used in music notation. It is used to indicate that the music should be played gracefully, with elegance and charm. Therefore, the correct answer is "Gracefully."

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  • 28. 

    What is the meaning of "Tempo primo"?

    • A.

      Return to the original tempo

    • B.

      Slow down

    • C.

      Speed up

    • D.

      Use your favourite tempo

    Correct Answer
    A. Return to the original tempo
    Explanation
    "Tempo primo" is a musical term that indicates a return to the original tempo of a piece. This means that if the music has been played faster or slower than the original tempo, it should now be played at the original speed. It is a directive given by the composer to the performers to resume the initial tempo that was set at the beginning of the piece.

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  • 29. 

    What is the meaning of "rallentando"?

    • A.

      Gradually slowing down

    • B.

      Gradually speeding up

    • C.

      Return to the original tempo

    • D.

      Rolling along

    Correct Answer
    A. Gradually slowing down
    Explanation
    "Rallentando" is an Italian musical term that instructs musicians to gradually slow down the tempo of the music. It is indicated by the abbreviation "rall." or "rallent." in sheet music. This term is used to create a sense of deceleration and a smooth transition to a slower tempo.

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