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Quiz: General Music 1 Take our quiz below and see how well you know Carnatic. How did you score? (70% is passing!) Click Get Score for the answers. For a leg up, sign up for our mailing list.

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1. When was the earliest known song written?
1200 years ago
3400 years ago
5500 years ago
9800 years ago
Before civilization

2. Which is the oldest pitched instrument?
flute
drum
mandolin
harp
horn

3. Who first used the violin to play Carnatic music?
Baluswamy Dikshitar
Tyagaraja
Swati Tirunal
VaDivelu
a or d

4. What is the origin of the word Carnatic?
Karnataka, a style of dance
Karnataka, another name for India
karu nadu, land of black soil
The Hindu deity of music
After the founder of Carnatic music

5. What is the oldest sabha in South India?
Madras Music Academy
Krishna Gana Sabha
Egmore Sangeetha Sabha
Narada Gana Sabha
Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha

6. What is Manipravalam?
a language that combines Tamil and Sanskrit
a language that combines all South Indian languages with Sanskrit
a language that combines Malayalam and Sanskrit
choice 1 and 3
none of the above

7. Who wrote the Tamil epic Silappadikaram?
Ilango Adigal
Andal
Jayadeva
Bharatiyar
Ambujam Krishna

8. When did Hindustani and Carnatic music separate?
5th century AD
12th century AD
18th century AD
Before common era (BCE)
none of the above

9. Before sabhas, where were concerts performed?
open fields
at the homes of artists
at the homes of common people
royal courts
there were no concerts

10. Who was the first to receive the Sangita Kalanidhi title?
MS Subbulakshmi
Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar
MD Ramanathan
Maha Vishwanatha Iyer
Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer

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