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Folk Songs
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Song Geography
What is the five-letter name for the region referred to in these song lyrics?
Old times there are not forgotten
Song Scholars
Who is associated with a work entitled "American Favorite Ballads"?
A. Lyman Baum
B. Ernie Pyle
C. Roald Dahl
D. Pete Seeger
E. Anne Landers
Famous Wrecks
There is an American ballad about the wreck of the Cannonball Express in 1900. Its engineer was ...
Folk Music
Which of these is not a folk song?
A. Yankee Doodle
B. On Top of Old Smokey
C. Follow the Drinking Gourd
D. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'
E. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Children's Songs
What is the next line in the song that begins with these words?
All around the cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun
Which is the only correct title of a Stephen Foster song?
A. Oh! Susanna
B. Camptown Faces
C. Beautiful Sleeper
D. My Old Missouri Home
E. Julie with the Light Brown Hair
Ship Songs
These lyrics are from a folk song about what ship?
Round Nassau Town we did roam,
Drinking all night, got into a fight,
I feel so break-up, I want to go home.
Lyrical Queries
According to the song, where can the answers to these questions be found?
How many times can a man turn his
head, pretending he just doesn't see?
How many years can some people exist
before they're allowed to be free?
Water Music
Name the folk song about the waterway between Buffalo and Albany, New York.
A. Old Man River
B. The Erie Canal
C. O Shenandoah
D. Red River Valley
E. Banks of the Ohio
Street Songs
The streets of what city on the Rio Grande form the setting for the song entitled "The Cowboy's Lament"?
Lovers' Lyrics
Who is cautioned not to cry by her lover with a banjo on his knee?
Imaginary Homelands
Which character lived in a land called Honalee?
A. Puff
B. Yertle
C. Bilbo Baggins
D. Pushmi Pullyu
E. Goosey Loosey
Slave Songs
"Follow the Drinking Gourd," a folk song used by the Underground Railroad, brings what constellation to mind?
Yankee Doodle
What did Yankee Doodle stick into his hat according to the song lyrics?
Canadian Folk Songs
The Canadian folk song, "Alouette," is about ...
A. a small brook
B. plucking a bird
C. an explorer's canoe
D. a lovely fair maiden
E. snow-covered mountains
Lost and Gone Forever
The song about Clementine indicates that her father was involved in ...
A. Midwest agriculture
B. whaling off Nantucket
C. the California gold rush
D. cattle drives in Oklahoma
E. logging in the Pacific Northwest
Murderous Melodies
Who was shot in this song?
Frankie threw back her kimono,
and took out her forty-four.
Root-a-toot-toot, three times she shoot,
right through that hardwood floor.
He was her man, but he done her wrong.
Boat Ballads
What name precedes this song lyric?
---- row the boat ashore. Hallelujah!
Survivor Songs
Who was called "a hopeless shell of a man on a peg" in the folk song about the aftermath of the Civil War?
A. Billy
B. Henry
C. Jimmy
D. Johnny
E. Freddy
Women of Song
What woman's name is found near the end of the first stanza of the song, "I've Been Working on the Railroad"?
Men at Work
These lyrics are from a folksong about whom?
And before I'd let your steam drill beat me down ...

A. Mike Fink
B. Pecos Bill
C. John Henry
D. Stormalong
E. Paul Bunyan
History in a Song
Emily Morgan was a slave in New Washington, Texas. She "kept Santa Anna dallying between his silken sheets" while the Texans surprised his army at San Jacinto. What song is a tribute to this mulatto woman with a "high yellow complexion"?
Musical Mountains
On what mountain all covered with snow did a man lose his true lover for "courting too slow"?
Which work was not composed by Stephen Foster?
A. Dixie
B. Camptown Races
C. Old Folks at Home
D. My Old Kentucky Home
E. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Animal Songs
According to the folk song, what is the color of the elderly female mammal that "ain't what she used to be"?
Reptilian Chums
Who was Puff the Magic Dragon's friend?
A. Fuzzy Wuzzy
B. Jackie Paper
C. Michael Darling
D. Christopher Robin
E. Bartholomew Cubbins
Special Songs
These are examples of what category of folk songs?
Steal Away
By and By
Go Down Moses
American Voices
His music was especially popular during the 1960s and often his lyrics bear a theme of social protest. Name the musician who wrote these works.
The Times They Are-a-Changin'
Like a Rolling Stone
Blowin' In the Wind
The name for the river in Stephen Foster's song, "Old Folks at Home," was taken from a river in which state?
A. Texas
B. Indiana
C. Florida
D. Montana
E. Virginia
The phrase "his brother" refers to whom in these lyrics?
It was his brother Frank
who robbed the Gallatin bank,
And carried the money from the town.
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Answers to Folk Songs
1. Dixie
2. D
3. Casey (John Luther) Jones
4. D
5. Pop goes the weasel
6. A
7. Sloop John B.
8. Blowin' in the Wind
9. B
10. Laredo
11. Susanna
12. A
13. Big Dipper
14. a feather
15. B
16. C
17. Johnny
18. Michael
19. D
20. Dinah
21. C
22. Yellow Rose of Texas
23. Old Smokey
24. A
25. gray
26. B
27. spirituals
28. Bob Dylan
29. C
30. Jesse James
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