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1
Which soprano voice type is prized for its smooth and melodious sound.
A)coloratura soprano
B)dramatic soprano
C)mezzo soprano
D)lyric soprano
2
Operas are usually divided into two to four large sections called...
A)arias
B)recitatives
C)acts
D)choruses
3
Which two voice types are commonly given lead roles in operas?
A)soprano and baritone
B)soprano and tenor
C)mezzo soprano and tenor
D)alto and bass
4
Beginning with Classical period, some opera characters had roles that involved ________________ at some point in the plot.
A)a disguised identity
B)eating real food
C)speaking Greek
D)walking through the audience
5
Which of the following statements about a "pants role" is NOT true.
A)A "pants role" indicates that a female singer sings the part of a young man.
B)Men preferred to sing "pants roles."
C)The voice of a "pants role" is usually written for a mezzo-soprano.
D)It was thought that the voices of mature men who sang tenor parts were not light enough to sound as if they were male teenagers.
6
The Marriage of Figaro, which contained anti-aristocratic attitudes, was composed in 1786. What year was King Louis XVI beheaded?
A)1798
B)1789
C)1760
D)1776
7
Which of Haydn's works is a famous example of the Classical era mass?
A)Mass in C Minor
B)Requiem Mass
C)Mass in D Major
D)Nelson Mass
8
Which of the following types of opera was not composed during the Classical period?
A)Opera seria
B)Italian comic opera
C)Serial opera
D)Opera buffa
9
Music that does not use repetitions but instead uses newly composed music throughout is called...
A)strophic
B)recitative
C)rondo
D)through-composed
10
Why was The Marriage of Figaro considered controversial?
A)Because Mozart stole the plot from another author's play.
B)Because females sang male parts.
C)Because it is revealed that Figaro is the son of the housekeeper and the doctor.
D)The opera depicted a member of the aristocracy in an unflattering light.
11
Which of the following does not apply to Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro?
A)It has an amusing libretto.
B)The characters are from Greek mythology.
C)The solo and ensemble music is delightful.
D)Mozart skillfully uses orchestral devices to enhance the characterization.
12
Haydn wrote three oratorios. Which one is most widely performed today?
A)The Return of Tobias
B)The Seasons
C)Creation
D)Orfeo ed Euridice
13
What did Haydn realize after he became familiar with Mozart's operas?
A)Haydn realized that his own operas were inferior to Mozart's.
B)Haydn realized that Mozart wrote for an orchestra twice the size of those in his own operas.
C)Haydn realized that Mozart wrote many more solo duets and trios that he did in his own operas.
D)Haydn realized that Mozart used far more melodic and harmonic dissonance.
14
What musical device does Haydn use in the Benedictus of the Nelson Mass?
A)High flute solos, which represent bird calls.
B)Timpani rolls, which represent cannons.
C)Martial fanfares, which represent victory.
D)String tremolos, which represent the dawn of creation.







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