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  • 1. 

    Who played piano on Dylan's "Watching the River Flow"?

    • A.

      Bob Dylan

    • B.

      Garth Hudson

    • C.

      Leon Russell

    • D.

      Nicky Hopkins

    Correct Answer
    C. Leon Russell
    Explanation
    Leon Russell played piano on Dylan's "Watching the River Flow."

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  • 2. 

    What was Dylan's son's band's first top 40 song?

    • A.

      Hey, Hey, We're The Wallflowers

    • B.

      One Headlight

    • C.

      Bleeder

    • D.

      6th Avenue Heartache

    Correct Answer
    D. 6th Avenue Heartache
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "6th Avenue Heartache." This song was the first top 40 hit for Dylan's son's band, The Wallflowers.

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  • 3. 

    What albums are considered to be Dylan's Christian Trilogy?

    • A.

      Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot Of Love

    • B.

      Desire, Saved, Infidels

    • C.

      New Morning, Saved, Infidels

    • D.

      Slow Train Coming, Desire, Saved

    Correct Answer
    A. Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot Of Love
    Explanation
    The albums Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot Of Love are considered to be Dylan's Christian Trilogy because they were released during a period when Dylan embraced Christianity and incorporated religious themes into his music. These albums feature songs with explicitly Christian lyrics and reflect Dylan's personal spiritual journey during that time.

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  • 4. 

    The first electric song Dylan played at 1965's historic Newport Folk Festival was which of these?

    • A.

      It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

    • B.

      I Don't Believe You

    • C.

      Mr. Tambourine Man

    • D.

      Maggie's Farm

    Correct Answer
    D. Maggie's Farm
    Explanation
    At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan played "Maggie's Farm" as his first electric song. This performance marked a significant shift in Dylan's style and was met with mixed reactions from the audience. Some fans embraced the new electric sound, while others felt it betrayed the folk tradition. Nonetheless, this performance at Newport Folk Festival is considered a pivotal moment in Dylan's career and in the history of folk music.

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  • 5. 

    What was the name of the 1963 BBC television play that Bob Dylan made his acting debut in?

    • A.

      Goin' Down The Road

    • B.

      Hearts Of Fire

    • C.

      The Dark Of The Moon

    • D.

      Madhouse On Castle Street

    Correct Answer
    D. Madhouse On Castle Street
    Explanation
    Madhouse On Castle Street is the correct answer because it was the 1963 BBC television play in which Bob Dylan made his acting debut.

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  • 6. 

    In what club did Bob Dylan make his 1961 New York City debut?

    • A.

      Folkways

    • B.

      Pandora's Box

    • C.

      Gerde's Folk City

    • D.

      The Purple Onion

    Correct Answer
    C. Gerde's Folk City
    Explanation
    Bob Dylan made his 1961 New York City debut at Gerde's Folk City.

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  • 7. 

    From which university did Bob Dylan accept a Doctorate of Music?

    • A.

      Oxford

    • B.

      Harvard

    • C.

      Princeton

    • D.

      Yale

    Correct Answer
    C. Princeton
    Explanation
    Bob Dylan accepted a Doctorate of Music from Princeton University.

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  • 8. 

    Bob Dylan's friend Happy Traum accompanied him on which song?

    • A.

      Down In The Flood

    • B.

      If Not For You

    • C.

      She Belongs To Me

    • D.

      Tomorrow Is A Long Time

    Correct Answer
    A. Down In The Flood
    Explanation
    Happy Traum accompanied Bob Dylan on the song "Down In The Flood."

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  • 9. 

    In which song did Bob Dylan sing the line, "He just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette"?

    • A.

      Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues

    • B.

      Bob Dylan's 115th Dream

    • C.

      Desolation Row

    • D.

      Highway 61

    Correct Answer
    A. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues
    Explanation
    In the song "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues," Bob Dylan sings the line, "He just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette."

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  • 10. 

    What was Bob Dylan's first high school rock band called?

    • A.

      The Golden Chords

    • B.

      Bobby And The Fantastics

    • C.

      Five Neat Guys

    • D.

      The Fantastic Four

    Correct Answer
    A. The Golden Chords
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Golden Chords. This was Bob Dylan's first high school rock band.

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  • 11. 

    In the song "Hazel", what color hair does the woman of the title have?

    • A.

      Platinum

    • B.

      Almond-Rose

    • C.

      Almond

    • D.

      Dirty Blonde

    Correct Answer
    D. Dirty Blonde
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Dirty Blonde. The question asks about the hair color of the woman in the song "Hazel". Out of the given options, Dirty Blonde is the only one that describes a hair color. Platinum, Almond-Rose, and Almond do not refer to hair colors. Therefore, Dirty Blonde is the correct answer.

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  • 12. 

    Which of these is not a Bob Dylan song?

    • A.

      To Ramona

    • B.

      Romance In Durango

    • C.

      Goin' Down The Road

    • D.

      From A Buick 6

    Correct Answer
    C. Goin' Down The Road
    Explanation
    The song "Goin' Down The Road" is not a Bob Dylan song. The other options, "To Ramona," "Romance In Durango," and "From A Buick 6," are all well-known songs by Bob Dylan.

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  • 13. 

    Which of these characters is not mentioned in the song Desolation Row?

    • A.

      Cinderella

    • B.

      William Tell

    • C.

      Ophelia

    • D.

      Romeo

    Correct Answer
    B. William Tell
    Explanation
    The song "Desolation Row" mentions various characters, including Cinderella, Ophelia, and Romeo. However, William Tell is not mentioned in the song.

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  • 14. 

    Who killed Big Jim in Bob Dylan's song "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts"?

    • A.

      Lily

    • B.

      The Judge

    • C.

      The Jack Of Hearts

    • D.

      Rosemary

    Correct Answer
    D. Rosemary
    Explanation
    In Bob Dylan's song "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," Rosemary is the one who killed Big Jim.

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  • 15. 

    What kind of mouth does the "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" have in the Bob Dylan song?

    • A.

      Money-Hungry

    • B.

      Metallic

    • C.

      Mercury

    • D.

      Melting

    Correct Answer
    C. Mercury
    Explanation
    In the Bob Dylan song "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands," the phrase "Mercury mouth" is used to describe the kind of mouth the lady has. This suggests that her words are fluid and quicksilver, possibly indicating her ability to charm and manipulate others with her speech. The use of "Mercury" as a metaphor for her mouth implies that she is persuasive and captivating in her communication.

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  • 16. 

    What Dylan song was on Ron Wood's "Gimme Some Neck" album?

    • A.

      Highway 61 Revisited

    • B.

      Positively 4th Street

    • C.

      Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

    • D.

      Seven Days

    Correct Answer
    D. Seven Days
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Seven Days." This song was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan for his 1976 album "Desire." It was later covered by Ron Wood and included on his solo album "Gimme Some Neck" in 1979. "Seven Days" is a bluesy rock song that showcases both Dylan's songwriting skills and Wood's guitar playing abilities.

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  • 17. 

    With whom did Bob Dylan co-write "Brownsville Girl"?

    • A.

      Sam Shepherd

    • B.

      Jeff Lynn

    • C.

      Jauques Levy

    • D.

      Willie Nelson

    Correct Answer
    A. Sam Shepherd
    Explanation
    Bob Dylan co-wrote "Brownsville Girl" with Sam Shepherd.

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  • 18. 

    Where did Dylan actually perform the "Royal Albert Hall" bootleg of 1966?

    • A.

      Manchester Free Trade Center

    • B.

      Royal Albert Hall

    • C.

      Madison Square Gardens

    • D.

      Radio City Hall

    Correct Answer
    A. Manchester Free Trade Center
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Manchester Free Trade Center. This is where Dylan actually performed the "Royal Albert Hall" bootleg of 1966.

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  • 19. 

    Who is the girl walking with Dylan on the cover of "Freewheelin'"?

    • A.

      Sally Grossman

    • B.

      Joan Baez

    • C.

      Suze Rotolo

    • D.

      Patty Harrison

    Correct Answer
    C. Suze Rotolo
    Explanation
    Suze Rotolo is the correct answer because she is the girl walking with Dylan on the cover of "Freewheelin'". Suze Rotolo was Dylan's girlfriend at the time, and the iconic photograph was taken in 1963 by Don Hunstein. The image captures a young Dylan and Rotolo walking arm in arm through a snowy New York City street, representing the folk music scene of the time. The cover has become synonymous with Dylan's early career and the album's themes of love, protest, and social commentary.

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  • 20. 

    What song did Bob Dylan open with at his 30th anniversary concert?

    • A.

      Song To Woody

    • B.

      Like A Rolling Stone

    • C.

      Blowin' In The Wind

    • D.

      It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

    Correct Answer
    A. Song To Woody
    Explanation
    At his 30th anniversary concert, Bob Dylan opened with the song "Song To Woody". This song is a tribute to his musical idol, Woody Guthrie, and reflects Dylan's admiration and gratitude towards him. Opening the concert with this song would have been a meaningful and nostalgic choice for Dylan, as it pays homage to the artist who had a significant influence on his own music and career.

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  • 21. 

    Which Bob Dylan song says: "You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books"?

    • A.

      Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat

    • B.

      Ballad Of A Thin Man

    • C.

      It Ain't Me, Babe

    • D.

      Queen Jane Approximately

    Correct Answer
    B. Ballad Of A Thin Man
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Ballad Of A Thin Man." In this song, Bob Dylan sings about a character named Mr. Jones, who is portrayed as a clueless and out-of-touch individual. The line "You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books" is a sarcastic remark directed towards Mr. Jones, implying that he thinks he is knowledgeable and sophisticated because he has read Fitzgerald's books, but in reality, he fails to understand their deeper meaning.

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  • 22. 

    In which song does Bob Dylan sing to "Sweet Melinda"?

    • A.

      Just Like Tom Thumb's Lues

    • B.

      Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

    • C.

      I Want You

    • D.

      Make You Feel My Love

    Correct Answer
    A. Just Like Tom Thumb's Lues
    Explanation
    In the song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," Bob Dylan sings to "Sweet Melinda." This song is from Dylan's album "Highway 61 Revisited" and was released in 1965. The lyrics of the song depict a narrative about a traveler who finds himself in a state of disillusionment and loneliness in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The mention of "Sweet Melinda" in the song suggests that she is a character or someone the narrator is addressing or referring to in the story.

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  • 23. 

    Which country artist has starred in a movie with Bob Dylan?

    • A.

      David Allan Coe

    • B.

      Willie Nelson

    • C.

      Waylon Jennings

    • D.

      Kris Kristofferson

    Correct Answer
    D. Kris Kristofferson
    Explanation
    Kris Kristofferson is the correct answer because he has indeed starred in a movie with Bob Dylan. The movie is called "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" which was released in 1973. In the film, Kristofferson played the role of Billy the Kid, while Dylan had a supporting role as Alias. This collaboration between the two iconic artists in the world of music and film solidifies Kristofferson as the correct choice for the given question.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following record producers has Bob Dylan employed only for one album?

    • A.

      Tom Wilson

    • B.

      Bob Johnston

    • C.

      Daniel Lanois

    • D.

      Don Was

    Correct Answer
    D. Don Was
    Explanation
    Don Was is the correct answer because he is the only record producer listed who has only worked with Bob Dylan for one album. The other producers, Tom Wilson, Bob Johnston, and Daniel Lanois, have all had longer collaborations with Bob Dylan, producing multiple albums for him.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following Bob Dylan singles has never appeared on an official U.S. album?

    • A.

      Positively 4th Street

    • B.

      Knockin On Heavens Door

    • C.

      George Jackson

    • D.

      Mixed-Up Confusion

    Correct Answer
    C. George Jackson
    Explanation
    "George Jackson" is the correct answer because it was released as a single in 1971 but it never appeared on any official U.S. album by Bob Dylan. "Positively 4th Street" appeared on the album "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" in 1967, "Knockin On Heaven's Door" appeared on the album "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" in 1973, and "Mixed-Up Confusion" appeared on the album "Masterpieces" in 1978.

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