Folk Ballad: Definition & Examples


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Folk ballads are orally transmitted stories told through…

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1. Folk ballads and other similar creations are typically the product of what sort of culture?

2. The term 'ballad' was originally derived from the Latin verb ballare, meaning…

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of the genre of folk ballad and on influential pieces from around the world. You'll need to know about the history and characteristics of a folk ballad in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Tim Finnegan's Wake
  • The cultural history of folk ballads
  • Latin origins of the term 'ballad'
  • Typical protagonists in folk ballads

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related folk ballad lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of folk ballads
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about folk ballads

Additional Learning

To learn more about famous folk ballads and the characteristics of these songs, review the accompanying lesson on Folk Ballads. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define a folk ballad
  • Understand the Latin roots of the word 'ballad'
  • Learn about different examples of folk ballads and those who perform them