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Field 053: Fine Arts
Sample Multiple-Choice Questions

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Objective 006
Identify ways to integrate the fine arts into other areas of the educational curriculum.

1. Which of the following ways of integrating art with a twelfth grade history unit on a particular culture would most likely foster a broad, general understanding of the culture being studied?

  1. Draw pictures in the characteristic artistic style of the culture.
  2. Study and discuss artistic tools, media, imagery, and subject matter of the time.
  3. Draw maps that show the geography and natural resources of the area being studied.
  4. Study and discuss reproductions of later artists' conceptions of what life was like in the culture being studied.
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Correct Response: B.

Objective 010
Understand the fine arts as means of communication and self-expression.

2. Read the excerpt below from A Raisin in the Sun; then answer the question that follows.

Beneatha: Why are you angry?

George: Because this is stupid! I don't go out with you to discuss the nature of "quiet desperation" or to hear all about your thoughts—because the world will go on thinking what it thinks regardless—

Beneatha: Then why read books? Why go to school?

George: (With artificial patience, counting on his fingers) It's simple. You read books—to learn facts—to get grades—to pass the course—to get a degree. That's all—it has nothing to do with thoughts. (A long pause)

Beneatha: I see. (A longer pause as she looks at him) Good night, George.

In this dramatic excerpt, the playwright has used dialogue for the purpose of:

  1. establishing a setting.
  2. introducing an element of humor.
  3. resolving a crisis.
  4. revealing the speakers' characters.
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Correct Response: D.


Objective 014
Understand maintenance and safety procedures for art materials and activities.

3. When introducing relief printing activities, an art instructor should take safety precautions and provide specific warnings about:

  1. toxic fumes.
  2. fire hazards.
  3. sharp tools.
  4. corrosive substances.
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Correct Response: C.

Objective 015
Understand uses and characteristics of line.

4. Use the reproduction below of a lithograph by Edvard Munch to answer the question that follows.

Edvard Munch lithograph of several figures.

The lithograph portrays several figures approaching the viewer. The women wear bonnets and the men wear top hats. Their eyes are wide, their brows raised, their mouths in a straight line. In the background, wavering black lines of various thicknesses portray a rolling landscape, water, and distant hills. There are three black boats on the water. Wavering black lines of various thicknesses also cross the sky.

Which of the following statements best describes the way in which the artist has used technique to aid expression in this lithograph?

  1. Undulating line patterns help create a soft contrast to the starkness of the figures.
  2. The use of heavy black lines in the background creates a feeling of permanence.
  3. Differing densities of line provide a sense of depth that makes the landscape seem vast and spacious.
  4. The nervous quality of the background lines reinforces the sense of tension in the figures.
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Correct Response: D.

Objective 020
Analyze the interaction of elements and principles in given works of art.

5. Use the reproductions below of Reclining Figure by Henry Moore and a chacmool from the Maya-Toltec culture to answer the question that follows.

sculpture of a reclining figure

The reclining figure sculpture shows the human form in flowing abstract forms punctuated by voids, without details in the face or body.

chacmool showing a man reclining with his knees bent

The chacmool shows a man reclining with his knees bent, heels close to his body, and elbows supporting his upper body almost to a vertical position. His face is turned to his right, facing the viewer. He wears a headdress and clothing of his culture, and his facial expression is neutral.

In both of these works, abstracted forms and horizontal, monolithic compositions combine to create images that seem:

  1. spontaneous and emotional.
  2. romantic and idealized.
  3. impersonal and monumental.
  4. unstable and incomplete.
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Correct Response: C.


Objective 030
Interpret rhythmic elements in a given score excerpt.

6. Use the excerpt below from the collection Songs Without Words by Felix Mendelssohn to answer the question that follows.

The excerpt is nine bars long. The tempo marking is Andante.

At the beginning of this excerpt, the tempo marking indicates that the music should be played:

  1. in a slow and stately manner.
  2. at a moderate tempo.
  3. in a quick and lively manner.
  4. as fast as possible.
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Correct Response: B.

Objective 034
Understand major developments, characteristics, and composers of music from the major historical periods.

7. The oratorio genre of vocal music was first developed during which of the following periods of music history?

  1. romantic
  2. baroque
  3. classical
  4. contemporary
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Correct Response: B.

Objective 036
Identify types and characteristics of music from traditions that have influenced music in the United States.

8. In which of the following ways do contemporary Latin and Caribbean musical styles such as salsa and calypso incorporate elements of traditional African music?

  1. They frequently incorporate the African-derived call-and-response form in the vocal parts.
  2. The brass instruments typically play transitional interludes adapted from African vocal pieces.
  3. The melody lines are typically played on traditional African instruments.
  4. The chordal structure of the music is based on traditional African harmony.
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Correct Response: A.


Objective 041
Understand theatre facilities and safety procedures and requirements in theatrical production.

9. Which of the following is an advantage of presenting a play on a proscenium stage?

  1. Complicated scene changes can be made out of sight of the audience.
  2. The audience members surround the stage, bringing them closer to the action.
  3. The space can be easily adapted to different seating and performance arrangements.
  4. Intimacy is increased because performers and audience are on the same level.
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Correct Response: A.

Objective 047
Understand the historical development of dramatic literature and theatre.

10. The influence of Anton Chekhov's major works on twentieth century playwrights is most evident in the use of:

  1. realistic characters and situations.
  2. abstract sets and costuming.
  3. absurd dilemmas and behavior.
  4. fast-paced plots and dialogue.
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Correct Response: A.


Passage Preceding Question 2.
From A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry, copyright © 1958 by Robert Nemiroff, as an unpublished work. Copyright © 1959, 1966, 1984 by Robert Nemiroff. Copyright renewed 1986, 1987 by Robert Nemiroff. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

Munch, Edvard. © 2013 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Angst (Anxiety) from Album des Peintres Graveur. 1896. Lithograph; composition: 16 5/16 x 15 3/8"; sheet 22 1/2 x 16 15/16". Publisher: Ambroise Vollard, Paris. Printer: Auguste Clot, Paris. Edition: 100. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, 1940. (1656.1940). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, U.S.A. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY.

Reclining Figure, 1939 (elm), Moore, Henry Spencer (1898–1986) / Detroit Institute of Arts, USA / © DACS / Founders Society Purchase © 2012 The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved. / The Bridgeman Art Library International / ARS, New York / DACS, London.

Limestone Chacmool. Maya Toltec period. Instituto Nacional de Antopologia e Historia, Mexico City. Reprinted with permission.