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  • 1. 

    Which of the following is not a characteristic of a ballad?

    • A.

      Tells a story in 1st person

    • B.

      Focus is on actions and dialogue

    • C.

      Is often based on true stories

    • D.

      Of oral traditions

    Correct Answer
    A. Tells a story in 1st person
    Explanation
    The characteristic of a ballad that is not mentioned in the options is that it tells a story in the first person. Ballads typically use the third person point of view to narrate a story, focusing on the actions and dialogue of the characters involved. They often draw inspiration from true stories or are part of oral traditions. However, the use of the first person perspective is not a common characteristic of ballads.

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  • 2. 

    "Ballad" is derived from:

    • A.

      Spanish, meaning "dance song"

    • B.

      French, meaning "dance song"

    • C.

      Spanish, meaning "love song"

    • D.

      French, meaning "love song"

    Correct Answer
    B. French, meaning "dance song"
    Explanation
    The word "ballad" is derived from French, meaning "dance song." This suggests that the term originally referred to a type of song that was meant to accompany dancing. The French influence on the word also indicates that the concept of a ballad as a dance song may have originated in France.

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  • 3. 

    Which set of words are subjects of a ballad?

    • A.

      Love, death, war, remorse

    • B.

      Death, envy, patriotism, loyalty

    • C.

      Death, war, tragic love, rebellion

    • D.

      Fear of the unknown, lives of people, tragic love

    Correct Answer
    D. Fear of the unknown, lives of people, tragic love
    Explanation
    The set of words "fear of the unknown, lives of people, tragic love" can be subjects of a ballad because ballads often tell stories about love, tragedy, and the experiences and emotions of ordinary people. These themes are commonly found in ballads, which are narrative poems or songs that often focus on dramatic or emotional events.

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  • 4. 

    A Minstrel Ballad is less direct and has less literary content than a Folk Ballad?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A Minstrel Ballad is a type of ballad that originated during the medieval period and was performed by minstrels, who were professional entertainers. These ballads often contained complex narratives, sophisticated language, and literary devices, making them more literary in nature. On the other hand, a Folk Ballad is a type of ballad that originated from the oral tradition and was passed down through generations. Folk ballads tend to have simpler language and direct storytelling, focusing more on the emotions and experiences of common people. Therefore, the statement that a Minstrel Ballad has less literary content than a Folk Ballad is false.

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  • 5. 

    Ballads usually consist of four-line stanzas and rhyme in lines 1 and 3.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Ballads usually consist of four-line stanzas and rhyme in lines 2 and 4, not lines 1 and 3. This is a characteristic feature of ballads where the second and fourth lines of each stanza rhyme, while the first and third lines do not necessarily rhyme. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 6. 

    Courage, revenge, and betrayal are some common themes of ballads.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Ballads are a form of storytelling through music that often depict courageous acts, seek revenge, or involve acts of betrayal. These themes are frequently found in ballads as they help to create emotional and dramatic narratives that captivate the audience. Therefore, it is true to say that courage, revenge, and betrayal are common themes in ballads.

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  • 7. 

    Ballads are passed down from generation to generation, so the author is usually anonymous.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Ballads are a form of traditional narrative poetry that have been passed down orally from one generation to another. Due to their long history and oral nature, the authorship of ballads is often unknown or anonymous. This is because they were created and modified by different individuals over time, making it difficult to attribute them to a single author. Therefore, it is true that the author of a ballad is usually anonymous.

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  • 8. 

    What happened to Lord Randall that made him "sick at heart?

  • 9. 

    What does Lord Randall's mother seem overly concerned about?

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