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Question 1: His ballets variously included music by ________, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, Satie, Respighi, and Richard Strauss.
Frédéric ChopinClaude DebussyHector BerliozRichard Wagner

Question 2: This served to distinguish his ballets from many nineteenth-century ballets, for which the music had usually been provided by less inspired composers such as ________, Minkus, and Pugni.
Riccardo DrigoCesare PugniMarius PetipaLa Bayadère

Question 3: As dancers retired and left the company, they often founded dance studios in the United States or ________, or taught at other dancers' studios.
AmericasSouth AmericaNorth AmericaLatin America

Question 4: The Ballets Russes (French for The Russian Ballets) was an itinerant ballet company which performed under the directorship of ________ between 1909 and 1929.
Sergei DiaghilevVaslav NijinskySergei ProkofievIgor Stravinsky

Question 5: Diaghilev had hired the young Stravinsky at a time when he was virtually unknown to compose the music for The Firebird, after the composer ________ proved unreliable.
Igor StravinskyAlexander GlazunovSergei ProkofievAnatoly Lyadov

Question 6: The most notable of Diaghilev's composers was ________, who is now recognised as the premier composer of the early twentieth century.
Dmitri ShostakovichIgor StravinskySviatoslav RichterMstislav Rostropovich

Question 7: Younger dancers were trained in Paris, within the community of exiles after the ________ of 1917.
Russian Civil WarVladimir LeninRussian Revolution (1917)October Revolution

Question 8: The Firebird (1910) was seen as an astonishingly accomplished work for such a young artist (________ is said to have remarked drily: "Well, you've got to start somewhere!").
Claude DebussyFrédéric ChopinHector BerliozMaurice Ravel

Question 9: The superior achievements of ________ and Léo Delibes had been very exceptional.
Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyTchaikovsky and The FiveTchaikovsky and the Belyayev circle

Question 10: Many of the company's dancers originated from the ________ of Saint Petersburg.
Mariinsky BalletRussian balletLa BayadèreMariinsky Theatre


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