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How much do you know about East and Southeast Asian Music?

Some of the world's most famous musicians hail from countries in East and Southeast Asia. How much do you know about their history? 

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Unlike many regions where percussion instruments are mostly used to create a predictable rhythm, which East Asian percussion instruments are better known for creating long tones that set a mood?
    • A.
      Xylophones
    • B.
      Maracas
    • C.
      Kettle drums
    • D.
      Gongs and chimes
      (Correct Answer)
  • 2.
    What is the name of the popular Korean music genre that has broken YouTube records and delighted preschoolers in recent years?
    • A.
      Taiko
    • B.
      K-Pop
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Gagaku
    • D.
      Javanese gamelan
  • 3.
    At what global event did 2008 Chinese percussionists execute a highly choreographed, synchronized performance using Fou drums? 
    • A.
      International Peach Blossom Festival
    • B.
      Lunar New Year, 2008
    • C.
      2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      The G20
  • 4.
    Where did "Cantopop" become popular and create pressure on Chinese censorship?
    • A.
      Taiwan
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Beijing
    • C.
      Shanghai 
    • D.
      Thailand
  • 5.
    Where was Karaoke invented and popularized? 
    • A.
      Myanmar
    • B.
      China
    • C.
      Korea
    • D.
      Japan
      (Correct Answer)
  • 6.
    In Vietnamese art music, what does "chan, Phuong, hoa, la" mean?
    • A.
      Violin, viola, cello, string bass
    • B.
      True, straight, flowers, leaves
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Saigon Rock and Soul
    • D.
      All of the above
  • 7.
    What type of music did the Chinese government adapt and use to create revolutionary anthems?
    • A.
      Japanese music
    • B.
      Chinese folk music
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      American music
    • D.
      Classical music
  • 8.
    Where is the video game industry a driver of music composition?
    • A.
      Vietnam
    • B.
      Hong Kong
    • C.
      Japan 
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Taiwan 
  • 9.
    What dance form was created from a fusion of Korean folk dances and foxtrot brought to Korea by American soldiers during the Korean War?
    • A.
      Nongak
    • B.
      Pansori
    • C.
      Sanjo
    • D.
      Teuroteu
      (Correct Answer)
  • 10.
    What traditional instruments were used by Japanese geisha and in Japanese kabuki theater?
    • A.
      Biwas
    • B.
      Shamisens
    • C.
      Taiko drums
    • D.
      All of the above
      (Correct Answer)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 3 correct:
    Novice -
    You're on the path to being an expert on the music of east and southeast Asia, but there are quite a few more miles to go before you get there.
  • 2.
    4 to 7 correct:
    Silver Medalist -
    Keep going! You've learned a lot about the music of eastern and southeastern Asia, but there's still more to know!
  • 3.
    8 to 10 correct:
    Expert -
    Celebrate! When it comes to the music of eastern and southeastern Asia, you really are a pro!