Quiz about Grateful Dead Title Characters Part I
Quiz about Grateful Dead Title Characters Part I

Grateful Dead Title Characters Part I Quiz


Many songs by the Dead tell stories with many rich characters. This quiz is about those characters which appear in the titles. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by OofahLandian. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
OofahLandian
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
373,170
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
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Avg Score
6 / 10
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1. From which state does the Grateful Dead title character "Jack Straw" hail? Hint

Colorado
Georgia
Texas
Kansas

2. Whose father warned him that he'd never get far, because "there isn't really very far to go"? Hint

Stagger Lee
Cosmic Charlie
Mr. Charlie
Dupree

3. What is the "one thing" the narrator asks of the title character "Sugaree"? Hint

Please forget you know my name
Please don't lay awake
Don't let them drag you down
Marry me

4. All things seem to compel the title character Jed to return to his home state. What state is that? Hint

Colorado
Alabama
Tennessee
Nebraska

5. Which Grateful Dead title character said "I know you don't want my love no more"? Hint

Lucy
Rosemary
Ramblin' Rose
Jimmy

6. What Grateful Dead title character is described as "child of countless trees" and "child of boundless seas"? Hint

St. Stephen.
Cassidy
Esau
Dupree

7. What is the name of the lawman who refuses to arrest the title character of "Stagger Lee"? Hint

Billy
Bayo
Mojo Hand
Cassidy

8. "Annie Bonneau from St. Angel" came to visit which Grateful Dead title character? Hint

Casey Jones
Mr. Fantasy
Black Peter
Jack-A-Roe

9. What Grateful Dead title character is described as "that hairy man, shadowboxing the Apocalypse and wandering the land"? Hint

Johnny B. Goode
Esau
Jack Straw
Mr. Charlie

10. The narrator tells which title character that he was "feeling lost, lacking in some direction"? Hint

Sugaree
Bertha
Alabama
Althea


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. From which state does the Grateful Dead title character "Jack Straw" hail?

Answer: Kansas

At the end of the song, we hear the following lyrics:

"Jack Straw from Wichita
Cut his buddy down"

In this song from "Europe '72", Jack Straw becomes more and more agitated by the reckless behavior and attitude of his "buddy" Shannon. In the end, Jack Straw takes Shannon's life and buries him in a shallow grave.

Wichita, with a population of over 380,000 people, is the 49th largest city in the United States.
2. Whose father warned him that he'd never get far, because "there isn't really very far to go"?

Answer: Dupree

In "Dupree's Diamond Blues", written by Hunter and Garcia, Dupree gets sentenced to death for robbing a jewelry store (and killing the jewelry man) while trying to procure a diamond ring for his "baby". The moral of the story is that a woman can drive a man to do some terrible things.
3. What is the "one thing" the narrator asks of the title character "Sugaree"?

Answer: Please forget you know my name

From the lyrics:

"Just one thing I ask of you, just one thing for me
Please forget you know my name, my darling Sugaree"

"Sugaree" was another Garcia/Hunter song, which originally appeared on Jerry Garcia's first solo album "Garcia" released in 1972. It did not appear on an official Dead release until the "Steal Your Face" live album.
4. All things seem to compel the title character Jed to return to his home state. What state is that?

Answer: Tennessee

According to the lyrics:

"I ran into Charley Phogg
He blacked my eye and he kicked my dog
My dog, he turned to me and he said
Let's head back to Tennessee, Jed"

First performed in 1971, "Tennessee Jed" appears on the live album "Europe '72". It was composed by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.
5. Which Grateful Dead title character said "I know you don't want my love no more"?

Answer: Lucy

From the lyrics of "Loose Lucy":

"Loose Lucy, she was sore
Says I know you don't want my love no more"

This risque Garcia/Hunter composition appears on the album "From The Mars Hotel", the seventh studio album by the Grateful Dead and the first album to be released on their own label.
6. What Grateful Dead title character is described as "child of countless trees" and "child of boundless seas"?

Answer: Cassidy

From the lyrics, we can deduce the narrator is the actual parent of Cassidy:

"Ah, child of countless trees.
Ah, child of boundless seas.
What you are, what you're meant to be
Speaks his name, though you were born to me,
Born to me,
Cassidy"

"Cassidy" first appears on Bob Weir's solo album "Ace", which is a Grateful Dead album in all but name. The band played on all songs, and even Robert Hunter participated in writing some of the lyrics. However, its first appearance on an official Dead release was on the acoustic live album "Reckoning".
7. What is the name of the lawman who refuses to arrest the title character of "Stagger Lee"?

Answer: Bayo

Delia confronts Bayo, asking why he is so eager to arrest prostitutes but is afraid to go after the murderer of her dear Billy DeLions. His response:

"'How the hell can I arrest him? He's twice as big as me.'

Delia, of course, takes matters into her own hands."

The song is based on an old folk song, which is in turn based on real events. Lee Shelton was a St. Louis pimp, who got into a fight with Billy Lyons on Christmas night in 1895. During the altercation, Lyons took Shelton's Stetson hat. Shelton killed Lyons and quietly left with his hat. Shelton was eventually convicted of the murder in 1897 only to be pardoned. He returned to prison later on other charges, and that's where he died in 1912.
8. "Annie Bonneau from St. Angel" came to visit which Grateful Dead title character?

Answer: Black Peter

From the song:

"All of my friends come to see me last night
I was laying in my bed and dying
Annie Bonneau from St. Angel
Say the weather down here so fine"

The Garcia/Hunter song "Black Peter" debuted on the studio album "Workingman's Dead", but the live version from the album "Bear's Choice" (and the platinum compilation "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been") is perhaps more widely known.
9. What Grateful Dead title character is described as "that hairy man, shadowboxing the Apocalypse and wandering the land"?

Answer: Esau

From the chorus:

"Esau skates on mirrors anymore
He meets his pale reflection at the door
Yet sometimes at night I dream
He's still that hairy man,
Shadowboxing the Apocalypse
And wandering the land"

This is from the Weir/Barlow composition "My Brother Esau", which appeared on the cassette edition of "In the Dark" and as the B side of "Touch of Grey". Its first live performance was in 1983.
10. The narrator tells which title character that he was "feeling lost, lacking in some direction"?

Answer: Althea

This quote is from the opening lines of "Althea":

"I told Althea I was feeling lost
Lacking in some direction
Althea told me upon scrutiny
my back might need protection"

The first official release to feature this song is the eleventh Grateful Dead studio album, "Go To Heaven", released in 1980. It was the first album to include Brent Mydland on keyboards and vocals following the departure of Keith and Donna Godchaux.
Source: Author OofahLandian

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