Log in

Multiple choice test...wrong answer suggestions? - Music Theory Forum [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Music Theory Forum

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Multiple choice test...wrong answer suggestions? [Oct. 22nd, 2008|12:55 pm]
Music Theory Forum


I'm teaching a non-major intro to music class this semester, and I've given up all hope of a short answer test, so I've resorted to ::sigh:: multiple guess choice. The Mannheim rocket is going to be on the next test, so I'm trying to think of what to put with it as a wrong answer.

The text we use calls it both a "rocket theme" and a "Mannheim rocket," meaning both will have to show up in the answer choice. However, if it's the only answer choice with that structure, it will stand out, and as those of us in the standardized test industry know, the "odd man out" is a prime candidate for guessing.

So, I want to think of a few other musical concepts with a similar construction ("[NOUN], or [NATIONALITY] [NOUN]") to toss in there as possible wrong answers. I've already thought of "augmented sixth harmony, or Italian sixth chord", but I'd need at least 2 (preferably 3) more possibilities. I don't want to make anything up whole cloth (like "4/4 time, or Polish meter"), lest these guys actually retain that as a real musical term ("Yeah, that band only plays in 4/4." "What, are they Polish? HAHA! Music joke, right?"), but I don't mind if it's way out of left field.

Anyway, if you can think of anything, I'd be much obliged.

(cross-posted all over the place.)