Many Children Could Name All of These Nursery Rhymes. Can You?

EDUCATION

Kennita Leon

7 Min Quiz

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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%. 

How does the end of Old McDonald go?

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.

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Which of these endings sounds like Hickory Dickory Dock?

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.

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How do you remember Baa, Baa Black Sheep ending?

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.

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Point to the line that's the end of Hush Little Baby.

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.

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How did the last bit of Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe go?

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.

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Identify which of these options ends the way A-Tisket, A-Tasket should.

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.

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Match Ring a Ring O Roses to its end.

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.

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What's the correct line that ended Humpty Dumpty?

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.

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Can you point to the line that finished Bingo Was His Name-O?

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.

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How did I'm a Little Teapot end?

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.

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How does the end of Itsy Bitsy Spider go?

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.

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Which of these endings sounds like Hey Diddle Diddle?

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.

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Can you correctly match It's Raining, It's Pouring to its last line?

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.

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Point to the line that's the end of Ding Dong Bell.

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.

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How do you remember Little Miss Muffet ending?

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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Can you remember what the last line of A Wise Old Owl is?

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.

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How do you think Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat finished?

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.

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Match Mary, Mary Quite Contrary to its end.

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.

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Can you point to the line that finished Rock-a-bye Baby?

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.

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How does the end of Georgie Porgie go?

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.

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Which of these endings sounds like Pat-a-Cake Baker's Man?

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.

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Tell us which of these lines is how Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush ends.

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.

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When you recite Pease Porridge Hot, with what line does it finish?

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.

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Point to the line that's the end of Jack Sprat.

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.

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What was the final part of Star Light, Star Bright?

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.

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With which of these lines does Row Row Row the Boat end?

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.

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How do you remember Cock a Doodle Doo ending?

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.

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Match Jack Be Nimble to its end.

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.

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Which of these lines ended One Two Buckle My Shoe?

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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