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1. At the University of Minnesota,
Dylan lived in which fraternity house?
a) Pi Kappa Alpha
b) Alpha Epsilon Pi
c) Sigma Alpha Mu
d) Delta Chi
2. In a 1965 interview, Dylan claimed
to be which of the following?
a) A lion tamer
b) A sword swallower
c) A trapeze artist
d) A clown
3. As a producer, Dylan uses which
a) Jack Frost
b) Johnny Apple
c) Jimmy Cricket
d) Jeremy Piven
4. Dylan once said, “He’s a
righteous man, a very philosophic man—he’s not your typical bank
robber or mercy slayer.” About whom was he speaking?
a) Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
b) Johnny “Guitar” Watson
c) George “The Animal” Steele
c) Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
5. Who is A.J. Weberman?
a) Dylan’s childhood rabbi
b) The photographer who snapped the
cover photo on Time Out Of Mind
c) An obsessive Dylanologist famous for
pawing through Bob’s garbage
d) Dylan’s dentist
6. Greil Marcus famously reviewed
Dylan’s Self Portrait album with which of the following questions?
a) Has Dylan gone mad?
b) Can I have a refund?
c) Why, Bob, why?
d) What is this shit?
7. Match these Dylan albums to their
year of release: Empire Burlesque, Good As I Been To You, Knocked Out
Loaded, Down In The Groove
8. Which 1980s film star appears in the
video for Dylan’s “Unbelievable”?
a) Charlie Sheen
b) Molly Ringwald
c) Ally Sheedy
d) Michael J. Fox
9. Which two luminaries fight in
Dylan’s “Desolation Row”?
a) Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali
b) Marlon Brando and James Dean
c) Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger
d) Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot
10. To whom does Dylan dedicate the
song “High Water” on his Love and Theft album?
a) Charley Patton
b) Robert Johnson
c) Son House
d) Blind Willie McTell
11. How many Dylan song titles start
with the letter “V”?
12. Bob Dylan collaborated with which
hip-hop pioneer on a 1986 song called “Street Rock”?
a) Grandmaster Flash
b) Kurtis Blow
c) Afrika Bambaataa
d) LL Cool J
13. New York Sessions is the title of a
famous bootleg featuring alternate takes from which classic album?
a) The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
b) Highway 61 Revisited
c) Blonde On Blonde
d) Blood On The Tracks
14) Which vocalist takes his turn
immediately after Dylan in “We Are The World”?
a) Ray Charles
b) Stevie Wonder
c) Bruce Springsteen
d) Paul Simon
15) Which Dylan song did Billboard
describe as a “slick ditty” and “a sailor’s lament, sung
softly and tenderly”?
a) “The Times They Are A-Changin’”
b) “Girl From The North Country”
c) “With God On Our Side”
d) “Blowin’ In The Wind”
16) Dylan’s 2008 release Tell Tale
Signs was which volume of his Bootleg Series?
17) What is Dylan’s astrological
18) Dylan once described his “real
message” as, “Keep a good head and always carry a…”?
a) Rabbit’s foot
b) Light bulb
19) What was written on the bare chest
of the interpretive dancer who crashed Dylan’s 1998 Grammy
a) Soy Bomb
b) Tofu Missile
c) Ginkgo Gun
d) Fiber Buster
20) In the epic story-song “Lily,
Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts,” which character owns a diamond
c) The Jack of Hearts
d) Big Jim
Answers on the next page!