ASVAB Paragraph Comprehension

Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions.

The Mississippi Delta-a floodplain rich with centuries' worth of alluvium---is home to some of the most fertile land in the South. And although the Delta didn't offer wealth to its many farm laborers, it at least offered regular work. Because of this, it acted as a magnet for African American tenant farmers from across Mississippi. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, migration centers in the Delta also became incubators for early blues musicians. If the blues had a birth certificate, it might well list the place of birth as Dockery Farms, near Ruleville, Mississippi.

Located along the Sunflower River, Dockery Farms was established in 1895. Although the early history of the blues is somewhat sketchy, it is believed that farm hand Henry Sloan was playing blues on the farm as early as 1897. There are no recordings of Sloan; his fame owes more to one of his Dockery protégés than his own work. Around 1900, the Patton family moved to Dockery farms, and one of the young Patton sons, Charley, became drawn to Sloan. In time, Patton became the most recognized figure out of a growing number of blues musicians in the area, and influenced subsequent generations of Delta bluesmen, such as Son House and Robert Johnson.

A: A place where chickens are grown
B: A place where growth is encouraged
C: A place where live music is performed
D: A place where minorities are welcomed

A: We know Henry Sloan was talented although there are no recordings of him.
B: Dockery Farms was instrumental in the early years of the blues.
C: Many blues musicians survived by working as sharecroppers.
D: The blues is a music form that likely has roots in Africa.

A: Mississippi
B: Sunflower
C: Yazoo
D: Alabama

A: He was the first blues musician to record his music.
B: He brought the blues from Africa to Mississippi.
C: He was one of the first musicians to play the blues.
D: He was the first classical musician to learn the blues.

A: There was no racial discrimination there
B: There were many music venues there
C: There was the hope of regular work there
D: Jobs in the Delta typically paid more than jobs elsewhere

A: Many people who worked at Dockery Farms listened to the blues.
B: The management at Dockery Farms would allow the blues to be played by workers.
C: Musicians who worked at Dockery Farms were important in developing the blues.
D: Dockery Farms was a center for art, music, and oral storytelling.

A: Student
B: Competition
C: Admirer
D: Secrets

A: Through the records that he made
B: Through his autobiography
C: Through the music of the people who learned from him
D: Through interviews he gave

A: 1901
B: 1899
C: 1897
D: 1895

A: The land is very fertile
B: There were laws there that prevented racial discrimination
C: White people were a minority in the Delta
D: There were no other industries and the only jobs were in agriculture

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