# Which String Instrument Burns Longer?

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Do you know which string instrument burns longer? "The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer." --Victor Borge. In this quiz, we have got a few questions to test your understanding of the burning of the instruments. Take this quiz, try picking the correct answers, and you will get a 100% score on this quiz with all the correct answers. Try it out, and do share the quiz with others who are music lovers.

This exercise shows the differences among the four string instruments through the practice of the comparatives of adjectives & adverbs. Read more

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• 1.

### Which of the following statements is NOT true?

• A.

The viola is a bit larger in size than the violin.

• B.

A standard violin is around 24 inches long.

• C.

A standard viola is around 27 inches long.

• D.

The violin is as big as the viola.

D. The violin is as big as the viola.
Explanation
The given correct answer is "The violin is as big as the viola." This statement is not true because the viola is actually a bit larger in size than the violin. The other statements in the question provide accurate information about the size difference between the two instruments, with the standard violin being around 24 inches long and the standard viola being around 27 inches long.

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• 2.

### Which instrument is over 6 feet high and has sloping shoulders?

• A.

The violin

• B.

The bass

• C.

The viola

• D.

The cello

B. The bass
Explanation
The correct answer is the bass. The bass is an instrument that is over 6 feet high and has sloping shoulders. It is the largest instrument in the string family and is known for its deep, rich sound. The other options, violin, viola, and cello, are all smaller instruments in the string family and do not have the same height and shoulder shape as the bass.

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• 3.

### This is a photo of ____________________ .

• A.

Two violas with a bass

• B.

Two violins with a cello

• C.

One violin, one viola, and a bass

• D.

One violin, one viola, and a cello

D. One violin, one viola, and a cello
• 4.

### He is playing a standard cello which is around 4 feet long.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The given statement is true because a standard cello is indeed around 4 feet long.

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• 5.

### Which two instruments have chin rests and are played by tucking them between your chin and shoulder?

• A.

The violin and the cello

• B.

The viola and the cello

• C.

The violin and the viola

• D.

The cello and the bass

C. The violin and the viola
Explanation
The violin and the viola are both string instruments that are played by tucking them between the chin and shoulder. They both have chin rests to provide support and stability while playing. The cello and the bass, on the other hand, are played by sitting down and resting them on the floor or a stand, so they do not require chin rests. Therefore, the correct answer is the violin and the viola.

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• 6.

### Both the cello and bass have tail spikes and metal pegs to support them to rest on the floor while they are played.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The explanation for the given correct answer is that both the cello and bass have tail spikes and metal pegs. These tail spikes and metal pegs are designed to support the instruments and allow them to rest on the floor while they are being played. This helps to stabilize the instruments and make them easier to play for the musicians. Therefore, the statement is true.

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• 7.

### The musician standing in the back is playing the bass.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The given statement suggests that there is a musician who is standing in the back and playing the bass. Since the statement does not provide any contradictory information or indicate any doubt, we can assume that the statement is true. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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• 8.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
• 9.

### Which of the following statements is NOT true?

• A.

Both of the violin bow and the viola bow are around 29 inches long, but the viola bow is a little thicker and heavier than the violin bow.

• B.

The cello bow is over 28 inches long and is thicker than a viola bow.

• C.

A bass bow is 26-27 inches long which is very thick and heavy.

• D.

The bass bow is the longest and the heaviest of all.

D. The bass bow is the longest and the heaviest of all.
Explanation
The statement "The bass bow is the longest and the heaviest of all" is not true because the cello bow is actually longer than the bass bow.

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• 10.

### Which of the following statements is NOT true?

• A.

The sound of the violin is high, bright, and sweet, while the sound of the viola is deeper and warmer than the violin.

• B.

The violas often play the melody in an orchestra or ensemble.

• C.

The cello makes a wide range of beautiful sounds, from warm low notes to rich high notes.

• D.

The deep, very low sounds of the bass are often used to help hold together the harmonies and to help carry the rhythm.

B. The violas often play the melody in an orchestra or ensemble.
Explanation
The violas often play the melody in an orchestra or ensemble. This statement is not true because the violas are typically not the instrument that plays the melody in an orchestra or ensemble. The melody is usually played by instruments such as the violin or the flute. The viola is known for its deeper and warmer sound, and it often plays a supporting role in harmony and texture rather than taking on the melody.

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