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American Myths: Popular Music

Oct 13 2008
Instructions
Sheet music

Some songs have become part of American popular heritage, cultural knowledge passed down on sports fields and in classrooms and children's songbooks. Though sung across the country, the songs' origins on battlefields, in barrooms, or elsewhere are often unknown by today's singers. Match the song title with the story of its composition or use.


  1. This was a popular Civil War song sung by Union and Confederate soldiers. Regimental bands typically ended evening camp concerts by playing this song and bands of opposing armies sometimes performed the song together across battle lines:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game


  2. After battle, while preparing casualties from the opposing army for burial, a captain discovered his own son among the dead soldiers. On his son’s body, he found the music for this song written on a scrap of paper:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game


  3. The melody to this song was originally a popular drinking tune:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game


  4. Originally a religious song, this music, with new lyrics, became a famous marching song:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game


  5. A man from Ohio wrote this song while sitting in a New York City hotel room:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game


  6. The author of this song never witnessed a battle or a baseball game before writing this piece:
    A.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    B.

    Taps

    C.

    Home Sweet Home

    D.

    Dixie

    E.

    Star Spangled Banner

    F.

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game