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Quiz about Song by Song Imagine
Quiz about Song by Song Imagine

Song by Song: "Imagine" Trivia Quiz


Coming in at #3 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is John Lennon's "Imagine." Learn a bit more about the song through this quiz.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
403,476
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
601
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. "Imagine" was originally released on a Beatles album.


Question 2 of 10
2. Who eventually received co-writing credit for the song "Imagine"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What did Dick Gregory give John Lennon that helped to inspire the writing of this song? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Imagine" asks the listener to imagine that a number of things no longer exist. Which is NOT one of the things explicitly mentioned? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Lennon stated that "Imagine" is "virtually" the encapsulation of what work by Karl Marx? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. On what instrument did John Lennon compose this song? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which of the following does "Imagine" NOT ask the listener to imagine? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "You, you may say I'm _____ / But I'm not the only one." What might one accuse the singer of being in "Imagine"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Lady Gaga performed "Imagine" in 2009 live at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. She changed the line "above us only sky" to "and only ____ in the sky." What name, the first name of a famously murdered gay student, is missing from this blank? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Imagine all the people / Sharing all the" what? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "Imagine" was originally released on a Beatles album.

Answer: false

"Imagine" was released on John Lennon's second studio album, "Imagine," in 1971. The song was also released as a single with "It's So Hard" on the B-Side in the U.S. and "Working Class Hero" on the B-Side in the U.K.
2. Who eventually received co-writing credit for the song "Imagine"?

Answer: Yoko Ono

John Lennon was inspired by "Cloud Piece" and several other poems from "Grapefruit," a 1964 collection by Yoko Ono. She eventually received credit for co-writing the song in 2017. She also helped to co-produce the song, along with Phil Spector and Lennon. Lennon and Ono also released a film featuring footage of themselves to promote the "Imagine" album in 1972.
3. What did Dick Gregory give John Lennon that helped to inspire the writing of this song?

Answer: A Christian prayer book

In a 1980 interview for Playboy magazine, John Lennon said that American comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory gave him and Yoko a Christian prayer book that helped inspire this song. Lennon said the "concept of positive prayer" lay behind the composition of what would turn out to be a humanist, rather than religious, song. That prayerbook, combined with Yoko Ono's poetry, sparked Lennon's imagination in writing the song.
4. "Imagine" asks the listener to imagine that a number of things no longer exist. Which is NOT one of the things explicitly mentioned?

Answer: Taxes

"Imagine there's no countries," Lennon sings, "And no religion, too." He also sings, "Imagine no possessions, / I wonder if you can."

Klaus Voormann played bass on "Imagine," while Alan White supplied drums and the Flux Fiddlers supplied strings.

This song was named one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century by BMI, and it earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
5. Lennon stated that "Imagine" is "virtually" the encapsulation of what work by Karl Marx?

Answer: The Communist Manifesto

In the 2007 book, "Lennon and McCartney: Together Alone," John Blaney quotes John Lennon as saying that the song, which asks the listener to imagine there is no private property, religion, or borders "is virtually the Communist Manifesto." However, Lennon went on to note that he is "not particularly a Communist." Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx wrote "The Communist Manifesto" in 1848.
6. On what instrument did John Lennon compose this song?

Answer: A piano

In 1971, Lennon composed the piano ballad on a Steinway piano in the key of C major at his home in Berkshire. The original release of the song peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on the singles charts in Australia, Canada, and South Africa.
7. Which of the following does "Imagine" NOT ask the listener to imagine?

Answer: No anger in the land

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

...Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man."

Anger is nowhere mentioned in the song.

Rolling Stone magazine calls "Imagine" a "serene melody" with "pillowy chord progression," and "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself."

In 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America ranked "Imagine" number 30 on its list the "Songs of the Century."
8. "You, you may say I'm _____ / But I'm not the only one." What might one accuse the singer of being in "Imagine"?

Answer: a dreamer

"You, you may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one."

A 1975 re-release of "Imagine" sent the song spiraling up the Irish Singles Chart, where it peaked at number one. The same year, it hit number six on the U.K. Singles (Official Charts Company) chart. "Imagine" once again re-entered the Top 40 charts in the U.K. after begin featured at the 2012 Summer Olympics. At that time, it peaked at number 18.
9. Lady Gaga performed "Imagine" in 2009 live at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. She changed the line "above us only sky" to "and only ____ in the sky." What name, the first name of a famously murdered gay student, is missing from this blank?

Answer: Matthew

"Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today... Aha-ah..."

In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was beaten, tortured, and left to die. At the time, it was debated what role Shepard's sexual orientation had to play in the murder, and attention to the story inspired hate crime legislation and the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Lady Gaga altered Lennon's lyrics during her performance to make it more suitable to the occasion of the equality march.
10. "Imagine all the people / Sharing all the" what?

Answer: world

This is the penultimate verse of the song. "Imagine" has been covered by artists as diverse as Eva Cassidy, Avril Lavigne, Elton John, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, and Madonna. In 2001, Neil Young delivered a moving performance of the song, backed by a strings section, for the "Tribute to Heroes" telethon.
Source: Author skylarb

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