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Music - Row, Row, Row Your Boat

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz will take a look at music, specifically, the song of Row, Row, Row Your Boat! This is one of those songs that is sung in the round. What does that mean? One person or group of people being to sing the song. When that person or group of persons has completed the first line, a second person or group of persons start to sing and so on. It is a repetitive song that is fun to sing to pass away the time. Children love to sing it on a long car ride. Teachers love to have students sing it in class to calm them down and to help them to focus. And nearly ever boys’ and girls’ camps uses it to help unite strangers together for a week of fun and new friendships! Since it has many purposes, learning about it and learning a little about singing it in Spanish just seems appropriate.

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Its first known printing was in 1852 but the lyrics were slightly different. The version we know today was first recorded in 1881. It is a short song, although people have added verses throughout the decades. To make this quiz a little more interesting, you will not only be asked to translate specific lines from the song, but be asked some basis questions about it as well. So, if you are ready, let us begin! Row, row, row your boat…

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  1. Row, row, row your boat.
    The first answer reads: Row, row, row your car. The third answer reads: Row, row, row your truck. The last answer reads: Row, row, row your coach. Neither of these is correct. The second answer reads: Row, row, row your boat.
  2. Gently down the stream.
    The second answer reads: Gently down the hill. The third answer reads: Gently down the waterfall. The last answer reads: Gently down the candle. Neither of these is correct. The first answer reads: Gently down the stream.
  3. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…
    The first answer reads: Sadly, sadly, sadly, sadly… The second answer reads: Quickly, quickly, quickly, quickly… The last answer reads: Slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly… Again, neither of these is correct. The first answer reads: Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…
  4. Life is but a dream.
    The first answer reads: Life is but a swim. The second answer reads: Life is but a window. The third answer reads: Life is but a hut. Finally, the last answer reads: Life is but a dream.
  5. If you see an alligator…
    The first answer reads: If you see an octopus… The second answer reads: If you see an engineer… The last answer reads: If you see an earthquake… Neither of these is correct. The third answer, on the other hand, reads: If you see an alligator… This is a verse added on to the original song.
  6. Don’t forget to scream!
    The first answer reads: Don’t forget to cry! The third answer reads: Don’t forget to slide! The last answer reads: Don’t forget to sit! Neither is correct. The second answer reads: Don’t forget to scream!
  7. Esta canción se canta en la ____.
    The sentence reads: This song is sung in the ____. This song is sung in the round. The Spanish word for round is ronda.
  8. La primera impresión conocida fue en ____.
    The sentence reads: The first known printing was in ____. The first known printing of this song was in 1852.
  9. Los profesores usan la canción para ayudar a los estudiantes ____.
    This sentence reads: Teachers use this song to help students to ____. Teachers use the song to help students calm down.
  10. La canción tiene solamente ____ verse.
    The sentence reads: The song has only ____ verse(s). The song has only one verse although people have added in their own verses over the decades.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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