Lecture3 – Art History

1. What is the lecture mainly about?
A. The decline in the popularity of ballet and ballet music in Paris
B. The reactions of people at the first performance of a piece of music
C. Societal influences on the compose of a famous ballet
D. A comparison of two controversial Parisian ballets

2. What point does the professor make when discussing the musical instruments used for The Rite of Spring?
A. The instruments were not typically used to perform ballet music.
B. The instruments were played by inexperienced musicians.
C. The instruments could not be heard due to the noise of the dancers.
D. The melodies played by the instruments did not seem to combine well with each other.

3. What does the professor imply about many members of the audience that came to the premiere performance of The Rite of Spring?
A. They had never seen ballet before.
B. They were professional musicians and dancers.
C. They were expecting an evening of traditional ballet.
D. They objected to the new design of the theater.

4. Why does the professor quote an eyewitness’s account of the performance in Paris?
A. To describe Nijinsky’s choreography of The Rife of Spring
B. To explain how the choreography of The Rite of Spring influenced later ballets
C. To contrast the two ballets that were performed that evening
D. To illustrate a complaint about the newly reconstructed theater

5. According to the professor, how did members of the audience react to the Paris performance?
A. They successfully urged police to remove Stravinsky from the theater.
B. They argued and even fought with each other.
C. Many of them protested the performance by leaving the theater.
D. Nearly all of them sat silently, refusing to applaud.

6. What is the professor’s opinion about the claim that, in general, the Paris audience was upset more by the dancing than by Stravinsky’s music?
A. He believes it is a valid conclusion, supported by historical evidence.
B. He believes the claim was an intentional exaggeration, made to attract a larger audience.
C. He believes there is no sure way of knowing the true cause of the audience’s reaction.
D. He believes the claim was disproved by audience’ responses to later performances.