The Rite of Spring: Story, Analysis, Composer & Music

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Which answer best describes the reaction to the ballet The Rite of Spring's first performance?

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1. Why is the protagonist of the ballet The Rite of Spring sacrificed?

2. How does the music in The Rite of Spring create a truly pagan and 'other' environment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Rite of Spring is still considered groundbreaking in the modern era, and this quiz/worksheet combination will help you test your understanding of the history and composition of this landmark ballet. The practice questions on the quiz will test you on the composition, reception, and characteristics of the ballet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • How The Rite of Spring was received when it debuted
  • The composer of the music from The Rite of Spring
  • The style of dance in this ballet
  • How this piece challenged the common sensibilities of the day
  • The character of The Rite of Spring within the play

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw and retain the most important information on The Rite of Spring from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of ballet from this time period to better grasp why The Rite of Spring was considered so different and revolutionary at the time
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the composition, choreography, and characters
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about The Rite of Spring

Additional Learning

To learn more about the story and music of Stravinsky and Nijinsky, review the lesson The Rite of Spring: Story, Analysis, Composer & Music. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the story of The Rite of Spring
  • Discuss the pagan elements of this story
  • Discuss how Stravinsky's music helps to create distance between the listeners and performers and to, seemingly, disorient the listener to a great effect
  • Define some points of analysis and opposition in Europe
  • Describe the importance of Stravinsky's composition
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