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How much do you know about Central Asian Music?

Do you know what makes people tap their feet and hum a tune in Central Asia?

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Which billion-dollar Indian film industry has come to rival Hollywood, with lavish musical theater productions?
    • A.
      Mollywood
    • B.
      Dollywood
    • C.
      Bollywood
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Pollywood
  • 2.
    What system of note relationships is used for organizing much Central Asian music, much as scales and modes are used in European and American music traditions?
    • A.
      Locrias
    • B.
      Maqams
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Chants
    • D.
      Tamaks
  • 3.
    In which country is the chanting of Buddhist monks a defining feature of a musical culture that also includes rock, rap, and pop music?
    • A.
      Tibet
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Kyrgyzstan
    • C.
      India
    • D.
      Pakistan
  • 4.
    On what Central Asian island would you find indigenous music blended with Buddhist chants, Bollywood tunes, Portuguese ballads, and African kaffrinhas?
    • A.
      Andaman
    • B.
      Socotra
    • C.
      Sri Lanka
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Bangladesh
  • 5.
    In which war-torn country did "Rubab" music originate, only to be banned by the Taliban in the 1990s and then become popular again in recent years?  
    • A.
      Syria 
    • B.
      Iraq
    • C.
      Iran
    • D.
      Afghanistan
      (Correct Answer)
  • 6.
    What Sufi devotional music is performed by a "humnawa" of 8-9 men in a religious assembly meant to connect performers and listeners more directly with God?
    • A.
      Qawwali
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Chinagrass 
    • C.
      Manaschi
    • D.
      Buddhist chant
  • 7.
    Which instruments help create the unique sounds of Central Asian music? 
    • A.
      French horn, bassoon, oboe
    • B.
      Vibraphone, electric guitar
    • C.
      Lute, harpsichord
    • D.
      Sitar, table, harmonium
      (Correct Answer)
  • 8.
    In which Central Asian country does much of the music celebrate the King? 
    • A.
      Lebanon
    • B.
      Bhutan
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Yemen
    • D.
      Nepal
  • 9.
    In which country are televised talent shows like Star Academy and Superstar a place where breakout stars sometimes cross over into European and American popularity?
    • A.
      Russia
    • B.
      Iran
    • C.
      Lebanon
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Turkey
  • 10.
    Where did the "Arabesque"--an Arabic music form infused with scales and rhythms of western music--originate?
    • A.
      Bangledesh
    • B.
      India
    • C.
      Tajikistan
    • D.
      Turkey 
      (Correct Answer)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 3 correct:
    Novice -
    You've learned a thing or two, but you'll need to spend some more time exploring Central Asia to come out on top!
  • 2.
    4 to 7 correct:
    Silver Medalist -
    You know the difference between Buddhist chanting and maqams, but there's still more to learn about the music of Central Asia!
  • 3.
    8 to 10 correct:
    Expert -
    Central Asia is a wildly diverse region, but you've learned a lot about the different types of music that people love playing and listening to there!