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Bessie Smith: Quiz


Question 1: ________ references Bessie in his poem "Theme for English B" (1951).
African-American literatureLangston HughesW. E. B. Du BoisUnited States

Question 2:
Which of the following genres does Bessie Smith produce?

Question 3:
Which of the following instruments does Bessie Smith play?
Voice, acoustic guitar, baritone ukelele, harmonica

Question 4:
On what date was Bessie Smith born?

Question 5: Bessie Smith was signed by ________ in 1923 and her first session for Columbia was February 15, 1923.
Sony Music EntertainmentLegacy RecordingsColumbia RecordsRCA Records

Question 6: The 1948 short story "Blue Melody" by J.D. Salinger and the 1959 play The Death of Bessie Smith by ________ both deal with Smith's death.
Neil SimonPulitzer Prize for DramaDavid MametEdward Albee

Question 7:
When did Bessie Smith die?
Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.

Question 8: ________ wrote a song about Bessie Smith named after her, included on the album The Basement Tapes released in 1975.
Bob DylanGarth HudsonThe BandThe Last Waltz

Question 9: By the early 1920s, Smith had starred with ________ in How Come?, a musical that made its way to Broadway.
Sidney BechetWoody HermanBenny GoodmanPee Wee Russell

Question 10: Technical faults in the majority of her original ________ – especially variations in recording speed, which raised or lowered the apparent pitch of her voice, misrepresented the "light and shade" of her phrasing, interpretation and delivery.
LP albumReel-to-reel audio tape recordingGramophone recordPhonograph

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