...with the "Sound of Music" test answers!
I know many of you have been chomping at the bit for my yearly round-up
of the best (re: worst) answers my 6th graders give on our "Sound of
Music" test. Well, they're in and they do not disappoint. We took the
test a few weeks ago and, as usual, the results are discouraging. :)
*Disclaimer: these answers do, thankfully, represent only a small portion of the kids I teach. Most students aced this bad boy, no problem. So don't go thinking that I'm the crappiest teacher ever or that I just pop in the video and then give them a hard test so I can make fun of them. No, no, we did actually study this, complete with review sheet and review game before the test! Which makes these answers all the more perplexing. :)
comments are in bold.
First off, various spellings of "nazi":
Question 1: Name 3 Songs from "The Sound of Music"
Dough a deer
Do, a bear
O, Holy Deer
Oh! A Bear! (love this answer!)
The Mountain Climb
The montens coco (? No clue what this kid was shooting for)
Climb even more mountains
The Sound of Mucis (ew.)
Do-re-me, pot-a-beer (what??)
My ferret thing (Ok, I stared at this one for a long time
before my co-teacher realized he meant "My Favorite Things". You know
the old tune: "Small cardboard boxes and little cups of water. Cages and
tunnels and balls that are rubber. Looks like a rat and smells even
worse- these are a few of my ferret things!")
Question 2: Name the Vontrapp children. I provide blanks
for each letter of the name and fill in about half of them for the kids.
All they have to do is fill in the remaining blanks. (This one's a personal favorite of mine :) Correct answer in bold, child answer after!)
_IES_ (Liesl) : "Lieso, Liesa, Diesl, and Fiesta." Yes, this last child added a blank and made her name "Fiesta".
FRIE __ __ __CH (Friedrich): Oh, kids can NOT spell this name!
I got "Friercech, Frieredch, Friegrech, Frielnsch, and Friepench.
B__IGI __ __ __ (Brigitta):
Bligiese (?? Sound it out kids), Brigihta, Baigital, Brigitah, and my favorite: Boigiagy. Seriously, what the hell happened here?
__ OUIS__ (Louisa):
Couise, Gouist, and Bouise.
K __ __ T (Kurt):
Kart, Kust, Kact, Keet,
__ ART __ (Marta):
Barta, Sarua, Farta and Larda.
Geeel, and my favorite of all time: Greal. Sounds like a Tolkien charcter :)
Question 3: Fill in the blanks with the correct lyrics to "Do, a deer". Here is a compilation of the worst answers:
Do, a deer, a
_baby_ deer (female)
Re, a _pot_ of golden _jews (drop of golden sun- in her defense, I think she meant "jewels". I hope she meant "jewels".....)
Mi, a name I call my _dog_ (self)
Fa, a long, long ____ to run (way)
Sol, a _rope__ pulling __along__ (needle pulling thread)
La, a note to follow _me_ (sol. DUH.)
Ti, a drink with a pouch and a lemon (jam and bread)
Question 4: In which country does this musical take place? (Correct answer: Austria)
Austrailia (about 3 dozen kids put this)
Question 5: In the beginning of the musical, the Captain calls the children by: (whistle)
Question 6: Maria isn't a very good nun. Why not?
Because she eats too much
Because she ain't responsible
She plays on hills outside
She drinks too much and doesn't listen
She's too quiet (Ok, the musical literally starts with her singing at the top of her lungs on a hill....)
Question 8: If the Baroness marries the Captain, what will she do with the children? (Send them to boarding school)
Send them to foster care
Question 9: The children put on a puppet show- what is the puppet show about?
A goat boy and his goats
The lonely sheep boy
Love and yodeling
Goats on people, yodeling
Two people and two goats fall in love and have a baby (I'd like to see that baby...)
It was like about something to do with a boy and these two sheep
that liked each other or something. And the boy liked this one girl. I
Question 10: What is the lesson Mother Superior is trying to teach Maria during the song "Climb Every Mountain"?
That it is okay to explore yourself
Even though it gets you hard just face the problem. (Ok, did a double
take on this one. The kid reversed "you" and "hard"...should have read
"even though it gets hard, you just face the problem")
Question 11: Captain VonTrapp ends up marrying whom? (Maria)
(Interesting. I'd like to know how that works exactly)
Question 12: What is the Anschluss? (When the Nazis took over Austria)
Question 13: What does Herr Zeller want from Captain VonTrapp? (To come out of retirement and captain a Nazi naval boat)
He wants him to join the other team
He wants the children to sing in the festival (The kids are super
confused about Uncle Max vs. Herr Zeller which is a shame as one is
their fun-loving Uncle and the other is a Nazi...)
To marry him
Question 14: Who is the family running from at the end of the musical? (The Nazis)
Question 15: Why can't the family just drive to Switzerland? (Because the Nazis have closed the borders)
Because they don't want to start the engine and wake up the Nazis.
Question 16: Who wrote and composed this musical? (Richard Rodgers
and Oscar Hammerstein. I have said this approx. 3 million times in
Richard Ricky (yes, Ricky Richard AND Richard Ricky were on different kids tests)
The Captain and Maria (Is that like Captain and Tennille?)
Harrold Howard and Herr Zeller
So, in synopsis: "The Sound of Music" is a musical by Michael Jackson
and Herr Dettweiller set in Austrailia about a nun who is asked to leave
her Abbey because she eats too much and is kinda a drunk. She becomes a
governess to the Von Trapp children: Fiesta, Friercench, Boigiagy,
Gouist, Kart, Larda, and Greal whose strict father, the Captain, calls
them to him with a dance. She teaches them songs such as "Oh! A Bear!"
and "My ferret thing". The Captain intends to marry the Baroness, who
will, sadly, send the children into foster care when she becomes their
step mother. To win her over, the children perform a puppet show about
goats/human bestiality. Meanwhile, Maria discovers she has feelings for
the Captain and returns to the Abbey to seek guidance from the Reverend
Mother who counsels her to "explore herself." She returns to the
VonTrapp house, they fall in love and get married. However, during their
honeymoon, the Anschluss occurs, which as we all know, is a big party
with deer. The Captain tries to avoid being asked to join the Knotsee
regime, but turns out Herr Zeller was only going to profess his own
love and ask him to sing in a music festival. In the end, the family
runs from the nuns who have invaded Austrailia, but they have to walk
because the nuns are light sleepers and would hear their engines start.
Sounds about right! :)
Til next year,