WONDER # 2913: What Are Black Spirituals?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder is mostly about . . .

  1. The history of Black spirituals in America
  2. How enslaved Africans were brought to America
  3. The origin of blues and jazz
  4. Why Black spirituals were so popular

Question 2 of 3

Based on information from the Wonder, what are “sorrow songs”?

  1. Blues songs
  2. Songs with hidden meanings
  3. Black spirituals that sound slow and sad
  4. Songs for camp meetings

Question 3 of 3

According to the article, which is NOT an example of coded meaning in a spiritual?

  1. “Egypt” may represent slave-owning states
  2. “Pyramids” can symbolize slaveholding plantations
  3. “River Jordan” is often a stand-in for the Ohio River
  4. “Moses” may refer to someone who will save them from slavery

Check your answers online at https://wonderopolis.org/index.php/wonder/What-Are-Black-Spirituals.