A test of your musical knowledge

Thank you to Pat Hughes who found this quiz at the McGraw-Hill Online Learning Site.   The answers, should you need them, are at the bottom of the page.

  1. A resting place at the end of a phrase is called a :
    1. Climax
    2. Melody
    3. Stop
    4. Cadence
  2. A melody is said to move by steps if it moves by:
    1. Repeating the same notes
    2. Having rests between the notes
    3. Large intervals
    4. Adjacent scale tones
  3. The triad built of the fifth step of the scale is called the:
    1. Tonic chord
    2. Dominant chord
    3. Progression
    4. Resolution
  4. When the individual notes of a chord are sounded one after the other instead of simultaneously, it is called a broken chord or:
    1. Cadence
    2. Arpeggio
    3. Allegro
    4. Progression
  5. A series of chords is called a(n):
    1. Triad
    2. Progression
    3. Arpeggio
    4. Consonance
  6. Musical texture refers to:
    1. How many different layers of sound are heard at the same time
    2. What kind of layers of sound are heard (melody or harmony)
    3. How layers of sound are related to each other
    4. All of the above
  7. When a melodic idea is presented by one voice or instrument and then re-stated immediately by another voice or instrument, the technique is called:
    1. Counterpoint
    2. Imitation
    3. Copying
    4. All of the above
  8. A round is an example of:
    1. Homophonic texture
    2. Monophonic texture
    3. Strict imitation
    4. Sloppy singing
  9. When there is one main melody accompanied by chords, the texture is:
    1. Polyphonic
    2. Homophonic
    3. Monophonic
    4. Imitative
  10. Contrapuntal texture is sometimes used in place of the term:
    1. Monophonic texture
    2. Homophonic texture
    3. Polyphonic texture
    4. Unisonal performance

Answers: 1 D; 2 D; 3 B; 4 B; 5 B; 6 D; 7 B; 8 C; 9 B; 10 C