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A-mouldering in the Grave

Mar 28 2010
Instructions
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March is Music in Our Schools Month! Have you considered using historical tunes in your classroom? Here’s one possibility—the 19th-century popular song “John Brown’s Body.” Answer these questions about the song’s history.


  1. When was the music for “John Brown’s Body” first printed?
    A.

    1789

    B.

    1830

    C.

    1858

    D.

    1861


  2. Which of the following lines was not in the early versions of “John Brown’s Body?”
    A.

    Now, three rousing cheers for the Union!

    B.

    John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave

    C.

    They will hang Jeff Davis to a sour apple tree

    D.

    But tho’ he lost his life in struggling for the slave


  3. In 1861, William Weston Patton published a version of the song in which John Brown was which one of the following?
    A.

    A Confederate general

    B.

    A Union soldier in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia

    C.

    An escaped slave and memoirist

    D.

    A radical abolitionist executed in 1859


  4. Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (which shares a tune with “John Brown’s Body”) after hearing “John Brown’s Body” sung by whom?
    A.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    B.

    A crowd of abolitionists in Boston

    C.

    A battalion of soldiers in Washington, DC

    D.

    William Weston Patton