|VI. Reading Comprehension Sample Questions- Easy Essay 6|
7 Questions/ 11 Minutes
Musical chameleon Miles Davis must be laughing from beyond the grave at the dispute over his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many criticize the decision, terming Davis a jazzman, and calling him an inappropriate choice for a rock music establishment. However, Davis was never strictly a jazz artist. His style teemed with crossovers and musical ambiguities. The blurring of traditional genres was an intentional move on Davis’s part, and proved to be one of his most influential choices as an artist.
Davis first found fame as a bebop jazz player, playing alongside Charlie Parker, but switched to a minimalist style soon after. He could easily have remained a talented artist in the jazz idiom, were it not for the fact that he felt fated to change again and again. Davis called it his “curse,” and it profoundly affected the music of his later career. By the 1970s he was performing in rock venues dressed in sequins, snakeskin and other clothing associated with a rock sensibility. His musical ideas and style influenced many artists of the 1980s.
Those who find the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to be incorrect in its choice to admit Davis are simply interested in preserving a pure and early-career version of Davis in the public eye. Clearly, there were several incarnations of Davis’s artistry and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose to recognize this “curse” as worthy of celebration. Davis now stands alongside legends such as the Beatles and Michael Jackson for his essential musical influence. Known simply as “Miles,” Davis was a tireless innovator and truly was a rock star in his time.
1. The author believes those who criticize Davis’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are
2. According to the passage, Davis’s musical style was:
3. According to the passage Davis’s “curse” was his
4. The author believes Davis’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is
5. The primary purpose of the passage is to
6. Which of the following would be an analogy to the “musical chameleon” the author describes in the first line of the passage?
7. This passage probably appeared in a:
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