CLEP Humanities : Identifying Forms of Medieval Music

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Medieval Music (476 1400)

Gregorian chants were developed by clerics of which religious tradition?

Possible Answers:

Protestant Christianity

Roman Catholic Christianity

Orthodox Christianity

Rabbinic Judaism

Sunni Islam

Correct answer:

Roman Catholic Christianity


Developed in the ninth and tenth centuries in Western Europe, Gregorian chants are a simple, monophonic form of music used as sacred music by monks in the Catholic tradition. Gregorian chants helped spread the Latin Rite of Roman Christianity by having a common, uniform musical style for worship. Among certain monastic orders, the Gregorian chant is still a common form of worship.

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