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History of Hip Hop Quiz

Tests comprehension and vocabulary from EnglishClub's History of Hip Hop Music page. You can do this quiz online or print it on paper.

1. Hip hop culture was first created by teenagers in the poorest districts of

Los Angeles
New York City
a) Los Angeles b) New York City c) Chicago

2. Which dance style is associated with hip hop music of the 1970s and 80s?

disco dancing
ballet dancing
a) disco dancing b) ballet dancing c) breakdancing

3. Hip hop developed when DJs began making beats that MCs could _______ to on stage.

a) rap b) dance c) sing

4. The ability to rap with a good sense of rhythm is called

a) beat b) snap c) flow

5. What's the catchy, melodic chorus of a hip hop song called?

the trap
the hook
the catch
a) the trap b) the hook c) the catch

6. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's song The Message is an example of _______ rap.

a) gangsta b) socially-conscious c) underground

7. A short section of an old record that's copied and re-used in a new track is called

a sample
a copy
a paste
a) a sample b) a copy c) a paste

8. A sample-heavy hip hop track is one that includes

heavy samples
many samples
no samples
a) heavy samples b) many samples c) no samples

9. What is a collection of free songs downloaded from a music-sharing website called?

a freebie
a record
a mixtape
a) a freebie b) a record c) a mixtape

10. Which kind of rap is usually about street gangs, violence and drug dealing?

hardcore rap
jazz rap
underground rap
a) hardcore rap b) jazz rap c) underground rap

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.