Which of the following pairs of elements is characteristic of ragtime music?
A. quadruple meter and sustained chords
B. blue notes and multiple contrasting melodies
C. irregular accents and complex harmonies
D. march tempo and syncopated melodies
Correct Response: D. Ragtime is an energetic, syncopated musical style that was popular in the United States during the early part of the twentieth century. While syncopated melodic lines are key components of ragtime, the influence of marches, polkas, and two-steps gave this music its powerful, driving tempo.