West Virginia's Appalachian
Music and Literature
John Henry Quiz
John Henry is what type of folk song?
A Hillbilly song
A Ballad Song
A Play Party Song
The lyrics are what part of the song?
The words of the song
The melody of the song
The dance steps
Many ballads are sung unaccompanied. What does this mean?
Sung with a musical background instrument
Sung without a musical background instrument
What industry did John Henry work for?
“John Henry,” like other ballads, was passed down in an oral tradition.
What does this mean?
It was passed down to others by word of mouth
It was heard on the radio
It was only sung at concerts
“John Henry,” like most ballads, was sung the same way ever time and
told the truth exactly the way it happened.
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Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature is a self-contained teaching
unit by Avis Caynor and Reneé Wyatt (1997), reprinted with permission
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