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Quiz about A Short History of Punk
Quiz about A Short History of Punk

A Short History of Punk Trivia Quiz


Punk rock was a 20th century slap in the face. It grew out of genres that came before it, and a range of styles evolved from it.

A multiple-choice quiz by AcrylicInk. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
AcrylicInk
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
399,383
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
304
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Punk rock wouldn't have been possible without stringed instruments. Which of these was a precursor to the 20th century's electric guitar? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Punk falls within the umbrella term 'rock music'. Which of these rock bands were successful before punk rock emerged? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Punk grew out of garage rock. Which of these characteristics are common traits of the garage rock genre? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In the 20th century, the Ramones arrived on the American music scene and are sometimes cited as the first true punk band. In which year did they release their debut album? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which early punk band caused a storm in Britain with singles like 'Anarchy in the U.K.' and 'God Save the Queen'? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. After the initial punk explosion, some bands utilised the genre's DIY ethic, while drawing on inspiration from other areas of music. Joy Division were an example of this as they included elements of disco and electronic music. What was the name of this new genre? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Some punk bands took elements of another genre towards the end of the 1970s. Which style (originating in Jamaica) was mixed with punk to create a genre known as two-tone? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Since its beginnings, punk had been more than a music genre: it was a subculture with its own fashion and political ideologies. What was the name of the movement within hardcore punk that advocated restraints like teetotalism and vegetarianism? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. By the 1990s, punk was back on everyone's musical radar thanks to pop punk. Which of these was NOT a pop punk act in the 1990s? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In the early 21st century, some bands with punk roots were given the label 'emo' (even if they didn't associate themselves with the genre). What made the emo subgenre so controversial? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Punk rock wouldn't have been possible without stringed instruments. Which of these was a precursor to the 20th century's electric guitar?

Answer: Lute

The lute arrived in Medieval Europe with crusaders returning from Arab countries. Throughout the Medieval and Renaissance eras, more stringed instruments were developed and perfected. In Spain, for example, there was an instrument called a vihuela that was a close relative of the guitarra latina, which eventually became a guitar.
2. Punk falls within the umbrella term 'rock music'. Which of these rock bands were successful before punk rock emerged?

Answer: Pink Floyd

'Rock music' is a very vague term that encompasses a broad range of subgenres. Pink Floyd preceded the punk explosion of the mid-1970s. They formed around 1963 and by 1967, they had singles placing near the top of the charts in Britain. Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Metallica all formed in the 1980s (after punk rock emerged).
3. Punk grew out of garage rock. Which of these characteristics are common traits of the garage rock genre?

Answer: Basic chords and harsh delivery

Garage rock bands of the 1960s included The Seeds and The 13th Floor Elevators. Their songs generally had a simplistic style with basic chords and vocals that were often raw. Garage rock singers often shouted or screamed the lyrics and sometimes used other aggressive noises like growling.

As a result, their songs had a DIY feel, or sounded amateurish as though they had been recorded in a band member's garage.
4. In the 20th century, the Ramones arrived on the American music scene and are sometimes cited as the first true punk band. In which year did they release their debut album?

Answer: 1976

Although The Ramones didn't release their first album until 1976, they were performing as a band from 1974. The Ramones' loud and fast style was inspired by earlier pop and rock bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as harder, heavier bands like Black Sabbath. They brought the different styles together to create something fresh and unique.
5. Which early punk band caused a storm in Britain with singles like 'Anarchy in the U.K.' and 'God Save the Queen'?

Answer: Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols had a love-hate relationship with the British public in the 1970s. Their antagonism and anti-establishment rhetoric caused protests to boycott the band's shows. In one interview, band members were swearing live on TV, resulting in headlines like 'The Filth and the Fury' in the 'Daily Mail'.

Despite the controversy surrounding them (and the fact that they only released one album), the Sex Pistols are one of punk's most iconic bands.
6. After the initial punk explosion, some bands utilised the genre's DIY ethic, while drawing on inspiration from other areas of music. Joy Division were an example of this as they included elements of disco and electronic music. What was the name of this new genre?

Answer: Post-punk

Post-punk bands took elements from early punk (a faster tempo, for example) but were more experimental. Joy Division's iconic single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' was an example of a punk band beginning to use electronic sounds, akin to disco and other similar genres of the 1970s. Where early punk songs often centred on socio-political themes, post-punk lyrics were more focused on emotions and relationships.
7. Some punk bands took elements of another genre towards the end of the 1970s. Which style (originating in Jamaica) was mixed with punk to create a genre known as two-tone?

Answer: Ska

Ska was popular in Jamaica in the late 1950s and early 1960s before reggae came about. It mixed elements of Caribbean styles like mambo, and American rhythm and blues. Bands like the Specials brought ska and punk together to create the two-tone genre. Where most early punk bands used a combination of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, two-tone bands included brass instruments as well. Jamaican immigrants introduced ska to Britain in the mid-20th century and two-tone began to evolve from there.
8. Since its beginnings, punk had been more than a music genre: it was a subculture with its own fashion and political ideologies. What was the name of the movement within hardcore punk that advocated restraints like teetotalism and vegetarianism?

Answer: Straight Edge

As the 20th century drew on, punk lost its mainstream following and went underground. In the 1980s, punk developed an even faster tempo and grew into genres like hardcore. Some hardcore bands were opposed to the excesses of the punk subculture. Minor Threat was one of those bands.

Their song title 'Straight Edge' gave a name to a new subculture that shunned alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs. Some straight edge followers also advocated vegetarianism or veganism. The movement still had followers going into the 21st century: AFI and Rise Against were examples of later punk bands with straight edge members.
9. By the 1990s, punk was back on everyone's musical radar thanks to pop punk. Which of these was NOT a pop punk act in the 1990s?

Answer: One Direction

Pop punk was a combination of punk's fast tempo and the lightheartedness of pop music of the era. Some of the most popular pop punk bands didn't take themselves too seriously. Blink 182's 'What's My Age Again' showed how silly and carefree punk could be. Green Day, The Offspring, and Bowling for Soup also made a name for themselves around the same time.
10. In the early 21st century, some bands with punk roots were given the label 'emo' (even if they didn't associate themselves with the genre). What made the emo subgenre so controversial?

Answer: Links to self-harm and suicide

A number of bands that grew out of the pop punk and post-hardcore genres were labelled 'emo'. The term originated in America in the 1980s as a subgenre of punk that focused on emotion and personal issues. Over time, it became associated with depression, self-harm and suicide.

Some bands (such as My Chemical Romance and Panic! at the Disco) distanced themselves from the genre due to its negative connotations. Other bands embraced emo's freedom to explore emotions and to talk about mental health.
Source: Author AcrylicInk

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