Middle Ages Quiz #1

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  1. The phrase Middle Ages refers to the period of European history spanning
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  3. The Romanesque period in Europe encompassed the years
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  5. The gothic period in Europe encompassed the years
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  7. The "dark ages" in Europe
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    began about 450 with the disintegration of the Roman Empire
    was a period of peace and tranquility
    was a period of cultural growth
    all of the above

  9. In the Middle Ages, most important musicians were
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    traveling entertainers

  11. During the Middle Ages, women
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    could sing only in monasteries
    were not permitted to participate in church services
    sang at all church services
    were not permitted to sing in church

  13. An important woman composer of the Middle Ages was
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    Mary Lowell
    Alicia de la Rocha
    Amy Beach
    Hildegard of Bingen

  15. Most medieval music was
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    for the piano
    for the organ

  17. At first, the organ was
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    a subtle and flexible instrument
    a primitive instrument whose keys were operated by heavy blows of the fist
    used as a sound effect simulating thunder
    a very soft instrument not able to be heard more than five feet away

  19. We know from paintings and literary descriptions of the Middle Ages that
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    trumpets and trombones were prominent
    large orchestras existed
    instruments were seldom used
    instruments were used

  21. In the Middle Ages the organ
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    gradually evolved into a flexible instrument that could play intricate polyphonic music
    had not as yet been invented
    was considered the "king of instruments"
    could be carried around the neck

  23. The view of the later medieval church on music during religious services was that it should be
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    used only as a discreet accompaniment
    used only with wind instruments
    banned entirely
    performed by as many musical instruments as possible

  25. Gregorian chant
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    is set to sacred Latin texts
    retained some elements of the Jewish synagogue of the first centuries after Christ
    was the official music of the Roman Catholic church for more than 1,000 years
    all of the above

  27. Gregorian chant
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    has no texture
    is monophonic in texture
    is polyphonic in texture
    is homophonic in texture

  29. Which of the following is not true of Gregorian chant?
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    It is usually polyphonic in texture.
    Its rhythm is flexible, without meter.
    The melodies tend to move by step within a narrow range of pitches.
    It conveys a calm, otherworldly quality.

  31. Gregorian chant is seldom heard today because
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    it is very difficult to sing, and those who know how are dying out
    the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65 decreed the use of the vernacular in church services
    it is too old-fashioned for modern services
    all of the above

  33. Gregorian chant melodies tend to move
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    infrequently, remaining on a single tone for long stretches
    only by perfect intervals
    stepwise within a narrow range of pitches
    by leaps over a wide range of pitches

  35. Gregorian chant is named after Pope Gregory I, who
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    had his name put on the first printed edition
    composed all the chants presently in use
    was credited by medieval legend with having created it, even though it evolved over many centuries
    wrote the texts for the chants

  37. The earliest surviving chant manuscripts date from about the _______ century.
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  39. The church modes were
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    only used in the music of the Catholic church
    forms of religious ritual
    the basic scales of western music during the Middle Ages
    chalices to hold holy relics


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