Quiz: Many Children Could Name All of These Nursery Rhymes. Can You?
Many Children Could Name All of These Nursery Rhymes. Can You?
By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Nursery rhymes are poems and songs sung by children around the world. Some of them are recited for fun, while others help children learn their numbers, specific words and/or how to rhyme. Created in the late 18th century, they used to be known as Mother Goose rhymes, but are now universally referred to as nursery rhymes. 

They are thought to have stemmed from lullabies, and one of the first and still very popular today is "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." From there, the likes of "Goosey Goosey Gander," "The Grand Old Duke of York," "Jack and Jill" and "Little Boy Blue" have risen in popularity, and today, there are well over 100 that are sung by children every day. But do you remember how they go? More specifically, do you remember the lines they end with?

And we're not talking about the shortened versions. We want the last line of the nursery rhyme in its entirety. Not many people can remember these fun songs, but we know you can prove to us that you're one of the few who does. So take this quiz, complete these nursery rhymes and show everyone you're in the 9%. 

A classic nursery rhyme, Old McDonald has been around from as early as the 1700s. The song merely talks of a farmer, his farm animals and the sounds they make.

Another classic, Hickory Dickory was first introduced in England in 1744. The rhyme is often used to help kids with learning time. It tells the story of a mouse who runs up a clock every hour.

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Tell us which of these lines is how Rain Rain Go Away ends.

A simple yet popular nursery rhyme, Rain Rain Go Away's origin is unclear and has been theorized to reference both the English and Spanish. The song is often sand by children on rainy days. It is a wishing rhyme for better weather.

The nursery rhyme Baa, Baa, Black Sheep is believed to be based on the wool taxation imposed by Edward I during the 13th century. The ending line of the rhyme officially read "none for the little boy who cries down the lane" before being changed in the 16th century.

The popular nursery rhyme, Hush Little Baby, is commonly used as a lullaby. Originating from the Southern United States, the rhyme, sang by mothers, speaks of a list of items that will be purchased for the baby to get them to stop crying.

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Which of the following lines is exactly how Jack and Jill finishes?

Contorted by many children into a naughty rhyme, Jack and Jill's rhyme is based on just that. Originating from a small village in Somerset, the rhyme speaks of a couple who journeyed to the top of a hill to have a secret affair.

A very popular nursery rhyme, Eeny Meeny Miny Moe has its origins in 1815 New York. The rhyme is often used for random selection. This rhyme is also believed to have formerly referred to slaves.

Often played as a ring game by children, A-Tisket, A-Tasket was first introduced during the 19th century. The rhyme tells the story of a little girl off to drop a love letter.

Ring a Ring O Roses can be traced back to the late 19th century when it was known as "Ring Around the Roses." The rhyme is believed to have been written about the Great Bubonic Plague of the 1600s.

Humpty Dumpty is more often than not, portrayed as an egg. However, given the rhyme's origin, the name Humpty Dumpty actually refers to a cannon used by the English during the civil war. The cannon sat atop a wall until it was destroyed during the war.

The nursery rhyme BINGO is of an unknown origin. Simple in nature, the rhyme assists children with spelling simple words. The rhyme BINGO repeatedly spells out the name BINGO.

A preschool favorite, I'm a Little Teapot was created by Clarence Kelly and George Harold Sanders in 1939 for a children's recital. Its lyrics and dance were deliberately made simple and easy to follow for the kids.

Formerly known as the spider song, Itsy Bitsy Spider was introduced in 1910. The rhyme is commonly sung using the popular associated hand movements. It's moral: never give up.

Hey Diddle Diddle is of English origin and dates as far back as the 1500s. The rhyme is believed to be about Queen Elizabeth I and her scandal with Robert Dudley who is referred to as Elizabeth's lapdog.

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Tell us which of these lines is how Frere Jacques ends.

Originally sang in French, Frere Jacques is often used as a lullaby. Although the rhyme has been translated into English, it still carries its French name. As can be inferred, the rhyme is of French origin.

A favorite nursery rhyme worldwide, It's Raining It's Pouring was first recorded in New York in 1939. A straightforward rhyme, the rhyme speaks of an injured old man.

Introduced since the 16th century, Ding Dong Bell helps children differ between what is right and what is wrong. The nursery rhyme speaks of two young boys, one who is bad and throws a cat down the well and the other who is good and pulls the cat out.

Little Miss Muffet was first introduced in print form in 1805. By the twentieth century, the rhyme became the most commonly printed nursery rhyme. Although its origin is unclear, many believe that Dr. Thomas Muffet wrote the rhyme for his stepdaughter.

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Based on the morals and belief that it is better to listen before you speak, A Wise Old Owl was introduced in the United States during World War I. The rhyme also refers to owls being wise creatures because of their observative nature.

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Identify which of these options ends the way Pop Goes the Weasel should.

Pop Goes the Weasel is of English origin. Before becoming a nursery rhyme, the tune was used as dance music in England during the 1800s. When its popularity spread across the oceans to the United States, it became known as the latest English Dance.

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, was first introduced in England in 1805. As can be inferred from its lyrics, the rhyme was written about English royalty. It is unclear, however, which English Queen the rhyme speaks of.

Another nursery rhyme rooted in English culture and royalty, Mary Mary Quite Contrary has a few interesting theories surrounding its origin: one of the most popular is that the rhyme speaks about the reign of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband's infidelity.

Rock-a-bye Baby is an old and popular English nursery rhyme. It is often sung as a lullaby and believed to have been written by early settlers to the United States upon witnessing the Native Americans and their treetop cradles.

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Can you point to the line that signals the end of Hot Cross Buns?

The origin of Hot Cross Buns rhyme can be traced back to the 1700s when it was used a London Street cry. The nursery rhyme was first published in London in 1978. Its controversy surrounds Christianity the association of the bun with paganism.

With its origin based in England, Georgie Porgie was written about English royalty. Two theories are surrounding this nursery rhyme. One involves George Villiers and the other George IV. Both, however, lead to the men having several mistresses.

First recorded in 1698 as part of a play, Pat-a-cake Baker's Men is a nursery rhyme and game played around the world. Despite the several changes to its lyrics over time, the rhyme is still used to teach children coordination.

All Around the Mulberry Bush is also known as "This is the Way" and simply "Mulberry Bush." The nursery rhyme is believed to have been first sung by female prisoners from Wakefield Prison in England during their morning exercises around a mulberry bush. Today the nursery rhyme is a popular ring game.

Pease Porridge Hot is of English origin and can be dated back to the 18th century when it was introduced under Mother Goose's Melody. The rhyme is about the different ways in which people prefer their porridge. Some believe the reference is deeper and refers to poverty.

Originating in England, the Jack Sprat nursery rhyme made fun of physical appearance and weight. There are many theories surrounding this rhyme. One theory is that the rhyme was written about King Charles I of England and his French wife, Henrietta Maria.

Originating in England, the Jack Sprat nursery rhyme made fun of physical appearance and weight. There are many theories surrounding this rhyme. One theory is that the rhyme was written about King Charles I of England and his French wife, Henrietta Maria.

Star Light, Star Bright was created based on the superstition that wishes made on a star had the potential to come true. The rhyme was first recorded in the nineteenth century in the United States.

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Identify which of these options ends the way Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star should.

Row Row Row the Boat is a rhyme about life lessons. As one moves merrily through life, he should be vigilant and avoid danger as life is everything but a dream.

Cock a Doodle Doo is of English origin. It was created by children during the 1600s to mock the rooster's crow. The rhyme is thought to teach the importance of taking responsibility.

Jack be Nimble can be dated as far back as 1815 during which it was considered good luck to jump over a candle without extinguishing its flame successfully. Although this concept is no longer believed in, the Jack Be Nimble rhyme remains popular.

First introduced as part of the Songs for Nursery book in 1805, the lyrics of One Two Buckle My Shoe has since been changed several times. Even in its modern form, the song remains a popular rhyme used for learning to count.

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