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Ben Franklin's Harmonica

Alan 2.0

Aaron the Artist

Brain Music

Returned to Glory

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TEACHING GUIDES


The Art of Science:
Viewer Challenge Quiz


Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 804: The Art of Science, and test your knowledge by answering these questions:

BEN FRANKLIN'S HARMONICA
  1. Why does Alan Alda have to wash his hands so carefully before playing the glass harmonica?

  2. Musician Thomas Bloch uses special spring water that contains __________ to improve contact between his fingers and the glass.
    1. quartz
    2. clay
    3. iron
    4. talc
ALAN 2.0
  1. The movie Titanic takes computer-generated special effects into new territory with its digital:
    1. rats.
    2. characters.
    3. smoke.
    4. seagulls.

  2. A "waveform" is a visual representation of:_____________
AARON THE ARTIST
  1. Children beginning to draw follow a sequence that starts with a scribble. What do kids usually draw next?

  2. Harold Cohen has programmed information about which of the following into Aaron? (Choose two.)
    1. posture
    2. landscapes
    3. fashion designs
    4. range of colors
BRAIN MUSIC
  1. What is unique about the role of the audience in The Brain Opera?

  2. The rhythm tree, digital baton and sensor chair are examples of:
    1. new bands.
    2. musical scores.
    3. notation systems.
    4. hyperinstruments.
RETURNED TO GLORY
  1. What does the original Shaw Memorial sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens portray?

  2. The restored sculpture seen in the story and exhibited at the National Gallery of Art is made of:
    1. bronze.
    2. plaster.
    3. brass.
    4. copper.


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