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How much do you know the music of the Pacific Islands?

They look and feel like paradise. But how well do you know the sounds of the Pacific Islands?

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Which famous rock and pop stars are from Australia?
    • A.
      Air Supply
    • B.
      AC/DC
    • C.
      The Bee Gees
    • D.
      All of the above
      (Correct Answer)
  • 2.
    What often accompanies music in the Polynesian Islands?
    • A.
      Pipe smoking
    • B.
      Narrative dance forms that tell a story such as hula and fire-dancing
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Prayers to island Gods
    • D.
      Percussion instruments made from shells
  • 3.
    Which of the following instruments are common in the music of the Pacific Islands?
    • A.
      Ukulele, guitar, kundu
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Congas and djembes
    • C.
      String bass, piano, and trumpet
    • D.
      Pan pipes and  penny-whistles
  • 4.
    Which island has a famous radio station that broadcasts in four languages? 
    • A.
      Fiji
    • B.
      New Zealand
    • C.
      Tonga
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Kiribati
  • 5.
    What famous chant-song-dance from New Zealand is performed by rugby player before each game around the world?
    • A.
      Hula
    • B.
      Haka
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Fatele
    • D.
      Pate Pate
  • 6.
    Which of the following instruments are unique to Micronesia?
    • A.
      Nose flute
    • B.
      Hand harp
    • C.
      Ukulele
    • D.
      Shell trumpet
      (Correct Answer)
  • 7.
    Where was the Ukulele invented 
    • A.
      Hawaii
      (Correct Answer)
    • B.
      Samoa
    • C.
      Australia
    • D.
      Guam
  • 8.
    What type of music grew out of the blending of native people of the Marianas and Spanish colonizers?
    • A.
      Jawaiian music
    • B.
      Island opera
    • C.
      Chamorro music
      (Correct Answer)
    • D.
      Stick dancing
  • 9.
     In what Australian city would you find a famous opera house?
    • A.
      Melbourne
    • B.
      Perth
    • C.
      Adelaide
    • D.
      Sydney
      (Correct Answer)
  • 10.
    Where was the "bamboo band" style--where rhythms are slapped out on bamboo tubes of various sizes with flip flops--invented?
    • A.
      New Caledonia
    • B.
      Papua, New Guinea
      (Correct Answer)
    • C.
      Tahiti
    • D.
      Nauru

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 3 correct:
    Novice -
    You've learned a thing or two about the music of the Pacific Islands, but if you want to become an expert you're going to have to fill your coconut with more knowledge!
  • 2.
    4 to 7 correct:
    Silver Medalist -
    You're not there yet, but if you keep "staring at the edge of the water . . . there's just no telling how far you'll go!"
  • 3.
    8 to 10 correct:
    Expert -
    Congratulations! You're outstanding music knowledge has you well-prepared for a trip to the Pacific Islands. The only question is whether you'll ever want to come back!