Quiz: Can You Name These Nursery Rhymes?
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Can You Name These Nursery Rhymes?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Every culture has its oral traditions; songs, stories and poems that are passed from mother to child, grandfather to grandkid, nanny to ward. Throughout the ages, dozens of versions of similar tales pop up repeatedly across the world. Some of them are actually incredibly dark and some are lighthearted fare; others are more like an Aesop's fable, designed to illuminate something specific about human nature or impart some hard-earned advice. In some cultures, specific tales are turned into songs that retell them in a fashion that is suitable for all ages, as well as being extremely catchy.

In the West, these songs are often known as nursery rhymes, and they are generally ubiquitous. Many of them are European in origin, while others come from further afield. People don't tend to know their origins - for example, there's one that recognizes the Black Death, while another one is thought to refer to either child sacrifice, public executions, or possibly Henry VIII's various marital misadventures. In one sense, they are highly sanitized, while in another, they're actually familiarizing our kids with some really dark themes.

You don't have to know where they come from to remember them, of course! So click on through and let's see how well you know your nursery rhymes.

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Which nursery rhyme features the bells of St. Clements?
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Which nursery rhyme suggests that the asker can get three bags of wool?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a military leader who had ten thousand men?
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Which nursery rhyme tells us to ring the bells for matins?
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Which nursery rhyme describes how the mouse ran up the clock?
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Which nursery rhyme features all the king's horses and all the king's men?
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Which nursery rhyme suggests we circumnavigate a particular sort of fruit tree early in the morning?
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Which nursery rhyme tells us to clap our hands if we feel this way?
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Which nursery rhyme has a hero who is chased away by a spider who sat down beside 'er?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a baby sheep with fleece as white as snow?
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Which nursery rhyme starts with the words "all around the mulberry bush"?
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Which nursery rhyme warns about something bad happening to a baby when the wind blows?
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Which nursery rhyme tells us that life is but a dream?
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Which nursery rhyme is about rodents being chased by the farmer's wife?
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Which nursery rhyme is about wondering what a particular celestial body is made of?
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Which nursery rhyme is about two animals setting to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat?
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Which nursery rhyme is about an elderly gentleman who has a farm?
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Which nursery rhyme about an Australian bird tells us that he is king of the bush?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a little boy who tries to drown an innocent cat?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a little boy who harasses girls as long as there are no boys present?
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Which nursery rhyme about crockery involves putting one hand on your hip and the other up to your side to make the shape of the song's subject?
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Which nursery rhyme about an arachnid is usually accompanied by hand gestures representing its adventures?
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Which nursery rhyme is about how a major London landmark - that is NOT Tower Bridge - is in architectural trouble?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a woman who tried to give her dog a bone, but could not?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a woman whose residence was not adequate for her children's needs?
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Which nursery rhyme asks about a particular man who lives on Drury Lane?
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Which nursery rhyme asks a baker to make a cake with a B on it?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a mythological type of horse fighting with the king of the jungle?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a man who could eat no fat?
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Which nursery rhyme is about a boy who pulls a plum from a Christmas pie?
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Which nursery rhyme is about putting your right foot in and then out again (among other limbs)?
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Which nursery rhyme is about portions of a vehicle that repeatedly engage in a rotational motion?
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