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A look at some of the popular protest songs over the years.

A multiple-choice quiz by 480154st. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
480154st
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
391,196
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
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Avg Score
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Question 1 of 10
1. "September '77, Port Elizabeth weather fine," is the opening line to which anti apartheid song? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Who was "Glad To Be Gay" in 1978? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Released four years before the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, which rap group protested racial profiling and police brutality on several tracks on their album "Straight Outta Compton"? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Originally a gospel hymn, now associated with acts as diverse as Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters and sung by Joan Baez at the White House for President Obama, which protest song's lyrics were quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in his final sermon before his assassination? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "Tin soldiers and Nixon coming" is the opening line to "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, a song recorded to protest against the actions of The National Guard in killing four students protesting against the Vietnam War at which university? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Father of the modern protest song, known as the Dust Bowl Troubadour, who recorded "This Land Is Your Land" as a protest against social injustice in 1940s America? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Originally recorded in 1970 but covered by later artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Black Stone Cherry, "War" is obviously protesting against the act of war, but which war was the original Temptations (album track) or Edwin Starr (single) song about? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 1963, civil rights activist and NAACP leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith. Who recorded the powerful song "Only A Pawn In Their Game" in reaction to this event? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "Is This The Life We Really Want?" is a 2017 release by former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, protesting about which politician's rise to power? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who wrote the song "American Skin (41 Shots)" protesting the police shooting of Amadou Diallo? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "September '77, Port Elizabeth weather fine," is the opening line to which anti apartheid song?

Answer: Biko

Peter Gabriel's song "Biko" about the atrocities being committed by the apartheid government has also been recorded by Simple Minds, Joan Baez and Paul Simon. As the anti apartheid movement continued to gather international support, the line "You can blow out a candle but you can't blow out a fire" rang true. "Fire In Soweto" was also an anti apartheid song and was recorded by Sonny Okosun.
2. Who was "Glad To Be Gay" in 1978?

Answer: Tom Robinson

Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 1967 in the UK, British police were still raiding gay pubs and clubs for no reason ten years later. This and the fact that the newspaper "Gay News" was charged with obscenity for publishing a photo of two men kissing while soft porn magazines were openly on sale at any news outlet prompted Robinson to write this song, protesting the hypocrisy of the situation.
3. Released four years before the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, which rap group protested racial profiling and police brutality on several tracks on their album "Straight Outta Compton"?

Answer: N.W.A.

NWA truly gave us some of rap's greatest stars. As solo artists, MC Ren's album "Shock of the Hour" went gold, Eazy-E went double platinum with "Eazy-Duz-It", Ice Cube's first seven albums were either gold or platinum and Dr. Dre's album "2001" surpassed his three x platinum debut "The Chronic" by going six x platinum. Dre and Ice Cube are also accomplished actors.
4. Originally a gospel hymn, now associated with acts as diverse as Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters and sung by Joan Baez at the White House for President Obama, which protest song's lyrics were quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in his final sermon before his assassination?

Answer: We Shall Overcome

"We Shall Overcome" was sung to end picketing each day in the American Tobacco Company strike of 1945 according to the Wikipedia entry. It was popularised by Baez and Seeger at folk festivals in the 1960s and continues to be used to this day as a way of bringing attention to injustices.
5. "Tin soldiers and Nixon coming" is the opening line to "Ohio" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, a song recorded to protest against the actions of The National Guard in killing four students protesting against the Vietnam War at which university?

Answer: Kent State

The National Guard fired 67 rounds in 13 seconds into a group of unarmed protesters, killing four, wounding nine others. As well as the song from CSNY, there was a nationwide student strike of over four million pupils in protest at their actions.
6. Father of the modern protest song, known as the Dust Bowl Troubadour, who recorded "This Land Is Your Land" as a protest against social injustice in 1940s America?

Answer: Woody Guthrie

Guthrie was among the thousands of Dust Bowl refugees that migrated to California and used these experiences to write his "Dust Bowl Ballads" album. "This Land Is Your Land" has been recorded by countless artists in many different languages including Spanish, Welsh and Esperanto. Guthrie is an icon in the folk world and towards the end of his life mentored a young Bob Dylan.
7. Originally recorded in 1970 but covered by later artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Black Stone Cherry, "War" is obviously protesting against the act of war, but which war was the original Temptations (album track) or Edwin Starr (single) song about?

Answer: Vietnam

"War" was written by the Motown duo of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong and originally recorded by The Temptations on their "Psychedelic Shack" album. People started requesting the song be released as a single so Motown chief Berry Gordy made the decision to re-record it so as not to alienate the conservative fans of The Temptations. Edwin Starr got the gig and took it to number one in Canada and U.S.A. and number three in U.K.. Fifteen years later, as a warning against blindly trusting government, Bruce Springsteen took it into the top ten in U.S.A. and top twenty in U.K..
8. In 1963, civil rights activist and NAACP leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith. Who recorded the powerful song "Only A Pawn In Their Game" in reaction to this event?

Answer: Bob Dylan

Dylan's song was about white racism, suggesting that although Beckwith was guilty of murder, he wasn't the only one, as society is equally to blame in the way that poor white people blame poor black people for their situation, rather than blaming the rich white people in government who have let them down. Evers served U.S.A. with distinction in WWII but when he came home, found he still wasn't allowed to vote, so he went to segregated university to study law and with the NAACP organised voter registration and the boycotting of businesses that practiced discrimination.
9. "Is This The Life We Really Want?" is a 2017 release by former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, protesting about which politician's rise to power?

Answer: Donald Trump

Waters' song, while not exactly dance music, is powerful and contains the lyrics, "Fear, fear drives the mills of modern man, Fear keeps us all in line
Fear of all those foreigners, Fear of all their crimes, Is this the life we really want? , It surely must be so, For this is a democracy and what we all say goes".
10. Who wrote the song "American Skin (41 Shots)" protesting the police shooting of Amadou Diallo?

Answer: Bruce Springsteen

"American Skin (41 Shots)" has also been performed by Mary J. Blige and Jackson Browne and is about the killing of unarmed student Diallo, who was reaching for his wallet with his I.D. when police opened fire with 41 shots, 19 of which hit him. The four officers were charged with second degree murder and all were acquitted. Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean and 88-Keys are among the other artists that have recorded songs about the incident coupled with the racial profiling and police brutality involved.
Source: Author 480154st

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