Quiz Questions Answer Key

Chapter Twelve

1. The modal system of Arab music is called
b. maqam

2. A specific maqam
d. all of the above

3. Because of the use of quarter tones, Arab musicians may potentially draw from a palette of __ pitches per octave in their music.
d. 24

4. The unaccompanied solo improvisation on the’ud heard during the opening portion of Ahmed Mukhtar’s “Iraqi Café” is called a
b. taqsim

5. Egyptian nationalism in the 19th century placed a high value on
b. pan-Arabism

6. The principal domain of women’s dance in the Arab world is
d. domestic gatherings

7. The term ghawazi refers to
d. an instrument of the Iraqi takht ensemble

8. The zaar spirit possession ritual
d. B and C, but not A

9. The large frame drum played by the woman who leads the ceremony during a zaar ritual is called the
b. duff

10. Belly dance and raqs sharqi resemble zaar rituals because of similar
d. A and B, but not C

11. Composer Sayyid Darwish was known for developing a musical style that
c. became closely identified with Egyptian nationalism

12. During the 1920s,
b. Egyptian film was strongly influenced by Hollywood cinema

13. The first Egyptian dancer to dance with a veil was reportedly
c. Samia Gamal

14. The idea that the melodious use of the voice in contexts of Islamic religious worship can be identified as musical is
c. offensive to many Muslims

15. A firqa ensemble typically features

a. instruments of the takht ensemble
b. Western orchestral string instruments
c. Arab percussion instruments
d. all of the above

16. The most popular instrument in Egyptian traditional music, the _______, is a plucked chordophone that is also the lead instrument of the takht ensemble.
c. ‘ud

17. The famous Egyptian composer Muhammad ‘Abd al-Wahhab was known for
d. all of the above

18. Following the “bloodless revolution” of 1952,
c. nightclubs and places of Western entertainment were shut down

19. Farida Fahmy was a dancer
b. from an elite background who appeared as a peasant on stage

20. Derived from the term “peasant,” _________ is a staple rhythm of raqs sharqi and belly dance.
a. fallahi

21. The popular folk dance rhythm Saaidi
a. is traditionally associated with the martial art form called tahtib

22. Which of the following is NOT a rhythm used in dance?
c. maqam

23. In a Tabla Solo dance,
c. the music features only percussion instruments and sometimes only a solo tabla player

24. The rhythmic basis of the arrangement of “La Cucaracha” included on your CD set is the Egyptian rhythm called
d. malfuf

25. In Emad Sayyah’s “Hou Hou Hou,” traditional Middle Eastern dance rhythms
a. are combined with rock, jazz, funk, and Latin-tinged rhythmic grooves