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Nursery Rhymes
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Nursery Rhymes

For centuries parents have sung songs and recited rhymes to their children. Some, like Rock-a-bye, baby, are lullabies intended to bring on sleep, but most are more lively. Occasionally the song will have an associated dance to be performed, as is the case with Ring a Ring o' Roses. Some of the rhymes, like Thirty days hath September, are mnemonics to help the child to learn, and there are others which are riddles to be solved, the most obvious being Humpty Dumpty. But the favourites – and the majority – are just meant for fun!

If you are under 10 or a parent then this quiz is likely to be a doddle for you but if you are a teenager or older then maybe it won't be so easy! See what you remember about Old Mother Hubbard, Mother Goose, Wee Willie Winkie and Little Jack Horner along with many other cherished characters from your childhood in this quiz all about nursery rhymes.

1.
In which part of England did Little Jack Horner allegedly live?
Cumberland
Nottinghamshire
Somerset
Yorkshire
He's thought to be based on Thomas Horner. The story goes that Horner was sent to London with a Christmas pie containing deeds to a dozen manors as a gift to Henry VIII. Horner opened the pie and helped himself to the deeds of Mells in Somerset
2.
In which garment did Wee Willie Winkie travel the streets?
Coat So Grey
Nightgown
Silk shirt
Woollen jumper
"Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his nightgown"
3.
According to the nursery rhyme, who was quite contrary?
Bobby Shaftoe
Jill
Mary
The farmer's wife
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary - how does your garden grow?"
4.
Which event is the rhyme Ring a Ring o' Roses said to denote?
The English Civil War
The Great Fire of London
The Great Plague
The Hundred Years War
Most folklorists reject that theory for many reasons, most notably that it did not appear until the middle part of the 20th Century and that the symptoms of the Plague do not match those described in the rhyme
5.
Which nursery rhyme subject was unsuccesfully helped by the monarch's horses?
Cock Robin
Humpty Dumpty
London Bridge
Tom Thumb
"All the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again"
6.
For what did Old Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard?
Bone
Bread
Meat
Water
"To fetch her poor doggy a bone"
7.
In the rhyme Ding Dong Dell, who or what was in the well?
Baby
Doggy
Pussy
Tommy
She was put there by little Johnny Flynn
8.
When was Mother Goose's Melody or Sonnets For The Cradle published?
1761
1781
1801
1821
This influential work was published by John Newberry
9.
Sing A Song Of Sixpence referred to how many dozen blackbirds?
1
2
3
4
"Four and twenty" = 24 = 2 dozen
10.
In which year was the earliest known collection of nursery rhymes published?
1694
1744
1794
1844
Tommy Thumb's (Pretty) Song Book was published in London in 1744

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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