Music/Art 201
An Introduction to Music and Art in the Western World

Test Questions from the Text - Test 1

Chapter 1

Multiple Choice

1. The cultural tastes of a society are most often set by
a. the government.
b. the dominant class.
c. the artists.
d. religious institutions.
2. Art is influenced by
a. religious practices.
b. social patterns.
c. economics.
d. all of the above.
3. Art periods are determined by
a. patrons of the arts.
b. scholars.
c. common stylistic features.
d. major historical events.
4. The most complete appreciation of a work of art is achieved when the observer
a. perceives and understands the components of a work and their interrelationships.
b. is a contemporary of the art object.
c. knows biographical details of the artist's life.
d. avoids the influence of any established aesthetic theories.
5. Which of the following is not an example of functional music?
a. quiet organ music at a funeral
b. the recorded musical examples played at Olympic skating events
c. the sung portions of a Roman Catholic Mass
d. a concert presentation of a string quartet
6. The period commonly known as the Renaissance
a. directly follows the Gothic period.
b. directly follows the Roman and early Christian period.
c. directly follows the Baroque period.
d. immediately precedes the Romantic period.
7. The Baroque and Rococo periods span approximately which years?
a. 1400-1600
b. 1800-1900
c. 1600-1775
d. 1100-1400
8. Throughout history, creative artists have had relationships with patrons or sponsors. Which of the following pairs did not have an artist-patron relationship?
a. Bach and the Lutheran church
b. Picasso and Nelson Rockefeller
c. Boucher and the court of Louis XV
d. Haydn and Prince Esterhazy
True-False Questions

9. The aesthetic theories and artistic ideals that influence the destiny of one of the arts often exert a similar influence on the other arts.

10. Great artists create works representing their own time without being influenced by the past.

11. All art has high purpose.

12. Not all the arts are emphasized equally during all periods.

13. The imprint of an artist's personality is usually apparent in his or her artistic work.

14. Mass production trivializes important works of art.

15. The understanding of a specific work of art is not aided by knowledge of related historical information

16. By learning the art of a people in a given time we are able to understand more fully their values and aspirations.

17. Nationalistic art has united people socially and politically.

18. Religious and social patterns have little influence on the function and content of art.

Chapter 2

Multiple Choice

1. In an analysis of the Sistine Madonna, line is characterized by
a. angularity.
b. curves.
c. vagueness and imprecision.
d. rough definition.
2. Formal organization in the Sistine Madonna is
a. asymmetric.
b. fused.
c. balanced.
d. open.
3. The medium in which the Sistine Madonna is painted is
a. tempera on wood.
b. acrylic on canvas.
c. fresco secco.
d. oil on canvas.
4. The primary importance of the Sistine Madonna is as
a. an aid to religious worship.
b. an anatomical study.
c. a family portrait of a wealthy patron.
d. an exercise in a new medium.
5. The first movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik is an example of
a. simple sonata-allegro form.
b. theme and variation design.
c. descriptive music.
d. fugal music.
6. Which one of the following is not one of the principles of organization identified in the text?
a. unity
b. variety
c. transformation
d. balance
e. focus
7. In musical notation, a dot following a note
a. increases its duration by one half.
b. decreases its duration by one half.
c. indicates a sharp, short note of indeterminate length.
d. indicates an accented note.
8. The element of color in the visual arts are analogous to the musical element of
a. harmony.
b. melody.
c. timbre.
d. rhythm.
9. Tonality is a harmonic-melodic system that
a. is organized around a single tone.
b. determines the texture of a piece.
c. determines the mood of a piece.
d. is analogous to realism in the visual arts.
11. Tone color is determined by the
a. composition's musical texture.
b. harmonic progression at the end of a phrase.
c. configuration of overtones in a tone.
d. relationship of dynamics to a given pitch.
12. Which of the following factors does not relate to rhythm in music?
a. the pattern of strong and weak stresses
b. the tempo at which the music moves
c. the harmonic structure of the music
d. the number of beats in a measure
13. Dissonance in music creates
a. tension.
b. dynamic variance.
c. musical unity.
d. ambiguity.
14. The terms polyphony and homophony relate to
a. musical forms.
b. rhythmic organization.
c. musical instrumentation.
d. musical texture.
15. In the visual arts, saturation refers to the
a. names we give primary colors.
b. relative purity or vividness of a color.
c. way the pigment is suspended in a medium.
d. amount of white in a color.
16. Hue is synonymous with
a. color.
b. saturation.
c. value.
d. intensity.
18. In printed music, the upper number of a meter signature indicates
a. the prevailing kind of note found in each measure.
b. the number of beats in a measure.
c. the total number of notes in a measure.
d. the kind of note that serves as the basis for the composition.
19. Match each of the following artists to one of their works.
1. Eugene Delacroix
2. Pablo Picasso
3. W. A. Mozart
4. Raphael

a. Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
b. Liberty Leading the People
c. Sistine Madonna
d. Guernica