History Of The Blues Quiz: Trivia

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History Of The Blues Quiz: Trivia

Do you know anything about the story of the blues? Do you think you can ACE this quiz? You must recognize what year were songs considered to be early examples of the blues first documented, who was the “father of the blues,” what woman was one of the most famous and influential blues singers, and which blues singer wrote a song called “Strange Fruit. ” If you take this quiz, you will not be singing the blues.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Songs thought to be early examples of the blues were first documented as being heard around the year ______.
  • 2. 
    The form of the blues is called _________________ because the first line of text is generally repeated with a contrasting third line.
  • 3. 
    The self-proclaimed “Father of the Blues” was a man named __________.
  • 4. 
    The blues first began in a geographical crescent across the south, ranging from the Carolina’s through the delta to Texas.  But the early blues are most often associated with the state of ______________.
  • 5. 
    Many recordings of early examples of the blues were recorded in _________ because the culture is essentially frozen when people go in to serve their time.
  • 6. 
    Women blues singers played an important role in the growth of popularity of the blues.  One of the most famous was a woman named _____________ Smith.
  • 7. 
    Blues could often be heard across the south in informal gathering places called ________ joints.
  • 8. 
    The early “delta” or “country” blues were often performed by a singer accompanied by acoustic __________. 
  • 9. 
    As the blues grew in popularity, their listening audience moved up the _______________ river.
  • 10. 
    The blues spread northward first to the city of ____________ and then on to Chicago and the Harlem district of New York.
  • 11. 
    In part, the spread of the blues northward was due to the migration of people moving northward after the civil war looking for _______ in industrial areas.
  • 12. 
    One of the most influential blues players of the early 20th century was a legendary performer named _____________ who died at a very early age and, as legend has it, was said to have “sold his sole to the devil” to become a better guitarist.
  • 13. 
    As the blues moved northward, the instruments became __________ so that they could be heard in larger venues and noisy clubs.
  • 14. 
    The most popular blues singer of the twentieth century was ______________, who was also known by the nick name, “Lady Day.”
  • 15. 
    Billie Holiday wrote a song about the racial lynchings going on in the south that was called “__________ Fruit.”
  • 16. 
    The musical styles of blues and _______ have influenced one another a great deal.
  • 17. 
    The early recordings recorded by black performers and for black audiences were called _________ records.
  • 18. 
    The integration of blues and jazz bands started to occur around the same time that integration of military units in the Armed Forces started to occur during World War ______________.
  • 19. 
    Name at least three characteristics of the blues:
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