Midterm 2 Practice Quiz

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  • 1. 
    All of these features are characteristic of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” except:
    • A. 

      Dense, homophonic textures

    • B. 

      Tin Pan Alley-style orchestration

    • C. 

      Complex, interlocking rhythms

    • D. 

      Large amounts of reverberation ("echo" effect)

  • 2. 
    As exemplified by “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown’s music is characterized by: 
    • A. 

      Sweeping, tuneful melodies with lush string arrangements

    • B. 

      A repetitive, riff-based instrumental style featuring complex, interlocking polyrhythms which evidence conceptual links with African music styles

    • C. 

      Live performances featuring meandering improvised instrumental solos, weaving together diverse genres.

    • D. 

      Political, poetic lyrics and strophic forms with sparse, acoustic instrumentation.

  • 3. 
    The Beach Boys’ “Surfin USA” borrows heavily from the music of Chuck Berry, but contributes innovations with regard to:
    • A. 

      Harmony

    • B. 

      Form

    • C. 

      Instrumentation

    • D. 

      Subject matter of the lyrics

  • 4. 
    2.  Which of these features is NOT typical of the early blues?
    • A. 

      AAB lyrical form

    • B. 

      12-bar verses with I-IV-I-V-I harmonic motion

    • C. 

      Call-and-response between vocals and instruments

    • D. 

      Sectional forms

  • 5. 
    The song “Girl from Ipanema" is an example of____________, a Brazilian-based music that gained popularity in the 1960’s.
    • A. 

      Montuno

    • B. 

      Bossa Nova

    • C. 

      Bugalu

    • D. 

      Mariachi

  • 6. 
    The form of the song "Maybelline" can best be described as:
    • A. 

      12-bar blues

    • B. 

      AABA

    • C. 

      Verse-chorus

    • D. 

      Both A and C

  • 7. 
    South Carolina-born trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and Havana-born bandleader Machito collaborated in which genre, created in New York City?
    • A. 

      Mariachi

    • B. 

      Folk Rock

    • C. 

      Bossa Nova

    • D. 

      Afro-Cuban Jazz

  • 8. 
    Why was Bob Dylan’s record “Like a Rolling Stone” so significant in the history of American popular music?
    • A. 

      It fused ideas and forms of folk music with timbres more associated with rock music, such as electric guitars, drums, and keyboards.

    • B. 

      At 6:00, it became the longest record to break into the pop charts and receive radio airplay.

    • C. 

      It featured serious themes in its lyrics, something that would influence the development of rock music.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    All of the following represent the San Francisco “alternative” rock scene at the end of the 1960’s except:
    • A. 

      Jefferson Airplane

    • B. 

      Janis Joplin

    • C. 

      Eric Clapton

    • D. 

      The Grateful Dead

  • 10. 
    4.  “Blue Yodel No. 2” by Jimmie Rodgers features:
    • A. 

      The “high, lonesome sound” of early country and ballad singers.

    • B. 

      The poetic and musical forms of the blues.

    • C. 

      The complex instrumental arrangements of Tin Pan Alley.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

  • 11. 
    Swing music:
    • A. 

      Exemplified the tensions and fears of many during the Great Depression; it was primarily performed by crooners backed by piano intended for listening audiences.

    • B. 

      Exemplified the sense of freedom, vitality and enjoyment of the New Deal Era; it was primarily dance music characterized by “rocking” rhythmic motion and played by big bands.

    • C. 

      Exemplified the politically-charged 1960s; it featured singer-songwriters with philosophically complex lyrics and strophic forms.

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    Who sings “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”? 
    • A. 

      Robert Johnson

    • B. 

      Eric Clapton

    • C. 

      Charley Patton

    • D. 

      Muddy Waters

  • 13. 
    The genre names “rhythm & blues” and “country and western”
    • A. 

      Are two different names used to describe the same genre.

    • B. 

      Arose as more dignified replacements for the terms “race” and “hillbilly” music.

    • C. 

      Named brand new musical styles in the 1930s and 1940s postwar era.

    • D. 

      Were never officially used to describe popular music styles.

  • 14. 
    In their deliberately old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll sound, Creedence Clearwater Revival represented the genre called:
    • A. 

      Roots Rock

    • B. 

      Country Western

    • C. 

      Boogie Woogie

    • D. 

      Honky Tonk

  • 15. 
    As it’s founder and producer, Barry Gordy was a major figure for which record company?
    • A. 

      Philles Records

    • B. 

      Columbia Records

    • C. 

      Chess Records

    • D. 

      Motown Records

  • 16. 
    Soul music pioneer Ray Charles integrated songs and styles from Tin Pan Alley, Country and Western, Blues, and Gospel music into his repertoire. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Pérez Prado’s “Mambo No. 5”
    • A. 

      Is a clear fusion of Mexican son jarocho with Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll.

    • B. 

      Has a full, smooth sound and exemplifies call-and-response throughout.

    • C. 

      Is a kind of extended Afro-Cuban montuno section, with small melodic-rhythmic building blocks (riffs) combined and re-combined in different ways throughout the piece.

    • D. 

      Has an AABA form, and haunting minor key melody intended to evoke “the orient.”

  • 18. 
    Why is the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” considered such an important, influential record?
    • A. 

      It included non-western instruments and new studio techniques

    • B. 

      It featured a large variety of instrumental combinations

    • C. 

      It was a unified concept album that presented itself as a complete marketing package.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    Louis Jordan’s  “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” is a prime example of the genre of:
    • A. 

      Jump Band

    • B. 

      Motown

    • C. 

      Honky Tonk

    • D. 

      Bossa Nova

  • 20. 
    Which of these musicians innovated the bluegrass style, an extension of the string band style characterized by virtuosic melodies? 
    • A. 

      Frank Sinatra

    • B. 

      Bob Wills

    • C. 

      Jimmie Rodgers

    • D. 

      Bill Monroe

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