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Match the Nursery Rhyme to Its Dark Origin

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1. Which nursery rhyme refers to a trio of slaughtered Prostetant bishops?

A) Humpty Dumpty
B) Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo
C) Three Blind Mice

2. Which nursery rhyme is thought to be about the Great Custom?

A) Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
B) Goosey Goosey Gander
C) Mary Had a Little Lamb

3. According to some, which nursery rhyme is about an 11th-century Viking attack?

A) Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
B) Humpty Dumpty
C) Three Blind Mice

4. Which nursery rhyme has a dark history racial slurs?

A) Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo
B) Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
C) Three Blind Mice

5. Which nursery rhyme is about religious persecution?

A) Goosey Goosey Gander
B) Humpty Dumpty
C) Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

6. Which nursery rhyme was reportedly created by female prisoners?

A) Ring Around the Rosie
B) Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
C) The Itsy Bitsy Spider

7. Which nursery rhyme refers to a British royal with a bloody reputation?

A) Frere Jacques
B) The Grand Old Duke of York
C) Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

8. Which nursery rhyme is about a dancing ban?

A) The Little Piggy
B) Ring Around the Rosie
C) Old Macdonald Had a Farm

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Answers: 1:C; 2:A; 3:C; 4:A; 5:A; 6:B; 7:C; 8:B

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