ESL Video Quiz: Alanis Morissette: Blowin' in the Wind

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 5485
(ESL Category: listening) Alanis Morissette sings a Bob Dylan protest classic.
How many/ How much - count and non-count nouns 22182




Blowin' in the Wind

How many roads must a man walk down
before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the cannonballs fly
before they're forever banned?

CHORUS: The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
before it's washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
before they're allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
and pretend that he just doesn't see?

CHORUS: The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind

How many times must a man look up
before he could see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry?
And how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
that too many people have died?

CHORUS: The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind





songwriter: Bob Dylan

performed by: Alanis Morissette

date released: in 2007 by Alanis Morissette

Covered by many artists in the history of music, "Blowin in the Wind" was ranked #14 on the
Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Top 500 Greatest Songs of all Time. In 1999, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan originally performed his song at Gerde's Folk City on April 16, 1962, where folk icon, Pete Seeger, first heard the song and invited Dylan to publish it in his [Seeger's] magazine, Sing Out. The rest is history. The most commercially successful version of BITW was the Peter, Paul and Mary cover which is included in this quiz for the music purists.

BITW is the quintessential protest song which poses a series of questions on peace, war and humanity. Conveniently, the song lends itself to ESL instruction for count and non-count nouns and questions. Thank you Bob. Thank you Alanis.












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