Musical Instruments Quiz

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Musical Instruments Quiz

Do you know your erhu from your veena? Find out all sorts of random facts about musical instruments in this quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following instruments does not have a keyboard?
    • A. 

      Harpsichord

    • B. 

      Carillon

    • C. 

      Gamelan

    • D. 

      Marimba

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is a traditional Indian classical music instrument?
    • A. 

      Sitar

    • B. 

      Oud

    • C. 

      Lute

    • D. 

      Guitar

  • 3. 
    With a pear-shaped body, the Chinese plucked instrument is called a...
    • A. 

      Loquat

    • B. 

      Pipa

    • C. 

      Pear

    • D. 

      Chayote

  • 4. 
    The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by...
    • A. 

      Aboriginal Australians

    • B. 

      Maori people of New Zealand

    • C. 

      Native Americans

    • D. 

      The Yazidis of Iraq

  • 5. 
    What is overtone singing?
    • A. 

      Singing the fundamental pitch

    • B. 

      Singing the harmonic overtones

    • C. 

      Singing both the fundamental pitch as well as the harmonic overtones simultaneously

    • D. 

      Formal term for singing out of tune

  • 6. 
    Gulangyu in Xiamen, China, is nicknamed this because there are over 200 of these instruments on the island.
    • A. 

      Piano Island

    • B. 

      Clarinet Island

    • C. 

      Violin Island

    • D. 

      Guzheng Island

  • 7. 
    In Greek mythology, which god makes an instrument from river weeds because he was chasing after the river nymph Syrinx?
    • A. 

      Dionysus

    • B. 

      Zeus

    • C. 

      Pan

    • D. 

      Poseidon

  • 8. 
    This word appears 74 times in the Bible, and though its exact meaning is not known, scholars have attributed it to a musical notation - meaning pause or intermission - as it is titled 'to the choirmaster' thirty-one times in the Psalms.
    • A. 

      Selah

    • B. 

      Shalom

    • C. 

      Shabbat

    • D. 

      Hanukkah

  • 9. 
    Who was not a luthier?
    • A. 

      Stradivarius

    • B. 

      Guarneri 'del Gesù'

    • C. 

      Vuillaume

    • D. 

      Cristofori

  • 10. 
    The mbira is...
    • A. 

      A thumb piano of African origin

    • B. 

      A wind instrument of Arabic origin

    • C. 

      A zither of Mongolian origin

    • D. 

      A drum of Native American origin

  • 11. 
    Benjamin Franklin invented his own version of which instrument after seeing Edmund Delaval play water-filled wine glasses in Cambridge, England?
    • A. 

      Glass harp

    • B. 

      Glass harmonica

    • C. 

      Glass flute

    • D. 

      Glass marimba

  • 12. 
    Which is the lowest-sounding woodwind instrument?
    • A. 

      Bass clarinet

    • B. 

      Baritone saxophone

    • C. 

      Contrabassoon

    • D. 

      Tuba

  • 13. 
    Which of these is not technically an instrument from the brass family?
    • A. 

      French Horn

    • B. 

      Trombone

    • C. 

      Tuba

    • D. 

      Saxophone

  • 14. 
    Tintinnabulation refers to...
    • A. 

      Birds chirping

    • B. 

      Bells ringing.

    • C. 

      Wind blowing.

    • D. 

      The reverberation in a concert hall.

  • 15. 
    What are the instruments in a piano quartet?
    • A. 

      Four pianos

    • B. 

      Violin, viola, cello, piano

    • C. 

      Two pianos, Eight hands

    • D. 

      Flute, clarinet, cello, piano

  • 16. 
    These are all names of musical instruments except...
    • A. 

      Viola da gamba

    • B. 

      Oboe d'amore

    • C. 

      Cornetto

    • D. 

      Piccante

  • 17. 
    The kantele is a plucked string instrument in the zither family featured in the national epic of which country?
    • A. 

      Finland

    • B. 

      Uruguay

    • C. 

      Vietnam

    • D. 

      Fiji

  • 18. 
    How many keys are there on a piano keyboard?
    • A. 

      68

    • B. 

      78

    • C. 

      88

    • D. 

      98

  • 19. 
    Violin strings can be made from which of the following materials?  Select all that apply.
    • A. 

      Catgut

    • B. 

      Nylon

    • C. 

      Steel

    • D. 

      Titanium

  • 20. 
    Which instrument produces sound by passing pressurised air through pipes that are selected by depressing keys on a keyboard?
    • A. 

      Bagpipes

    • B. 

      Electric keyboard

    • C. 

      Accordion

    • D. 

      Pipe organ