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Comparing Songs

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Passage 1

When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah, hurrah!
Their choicest pleasures then display,
Hurrah, hurrah!
And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we'll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home

Passage 2

WHILE going the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo! hurroo!
While going the road to sweet Athy,
Hurroo! hurroo!
While going the road to sweet Athy,
A stick in my hand and a drop in my eye,
A doleful damsel I heard cry:
“Och Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums and guns, and guns and drums,
The enemy nearly slew ye;
My darling dear, you look so queer,
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
“Where are your eyes that looked so mild?
Hurroo! hurroo!
Where are your eyes that looked so mild?
Hurroo! hurroo!
Where are your eyes that looked so mild,
When my poor heart you first beguiled?
Why did you run from me and the child?
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums, etc.
“Where are the legs with which you run?
Hurroo! hurroo!
Where are thy legs with which you run?
Hurroo! hurroo!
Where are the legs with which you run
When first you went to carry a gun?
Indeed, your dancing days are done!
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums, etc.
It grieved my heart to see you sail,
Hurroo! hurroo!
It grieved my heart to see you sail,
Hurroo! hurroo!
It grieved my heart to see you sail,
Though from my heart you took leg-bail;
Like a cod you’re doubled up head and tail,
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums, etc.
“You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg,
Hurroo! hurroo!
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg,
Hurroo! hurroo!
You haven’t an arm and you haven’t a leg,
You’re an eyeless, noseless, chickenless egg;
You’ll have to be put with a bowl to beg:
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums, etc.
“I’m happy for to see you home,
Hurroo! hurroo!
I’m happy for to see you home,
Hurroo! hurroo!
I’m happy for to see you home,
All from the Island of Sulloon;
So low in flesh, so high in bone;
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums, etc.
“But sad it is to see you so,
Hurroo! hurroo!
But sad it is to see you so,
Hurroo! hurroo!
But sad it is to see you so,
And to think of you now as an object of woe,
Your Peggy’ll still keep you on as her beau;
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye!
With drums and guns, and guns and drums
The enemy nearly slew ye;
My darling dear, you look so queer,
Och, Johnny, I hardly knew ye.
1. 
The two passages are most alike in which element?
  1. Rhythm
  2. Subject
  3. Repetition
  4. Metaphor
2. 
In Passage 1, how does the town feel about Johnny?
  • Sample answer: They're excited about Johnny coming home and think he's a true warrior.
3. 
When Johnny Comes Marching Home was often sung during the Civil War to express love and longing by those who relatives were fighting in the war.

How does the song reflect this?
  • Sample answer: The song talks about marching, which soldiers do in war. They talk about him coming home a hero too.
4. 
In Passage 1, the song says the laurel wreath is ready to rest upon his brow. Which meaning of a laurel wreath best fits the song?
  1. A wreath of interlocking branches and leaves given to victors in ancient Greece
  2. Leaves from plants with dark green leaves placed on a door during Christmas
  3. A collection of flowers placed on a grave
  4. None of the above
5. 
Many say Passage 1 was modeled after Passage 2. How are the two passages similar?
  • Sample answer: Passage 1 and Passage 2 both have similar rhythms, rhyme schemes, and other sound-based components. For example, one says "Hurrah! Hurrah!" and the other, similarly, says "Hurroo! Hurroo!" They both also talk about war.
6. 
How do the two passages differ?
  • Sample answer: While Passage 1 is really excited and happy, Passage 2 is a lot sadder and points out how much the boy has changed.
7. 
In Passage 2, the author uses the word queer to describe Johnny. QUEER means...
  1. Happy
  2. Unchanged
  3. Strange
  4. Light-colored
8. 
In Passage 2, how did the war change Johnny the most?
  1. It changed his mental state
  2. It changed his overall appearance
  3. It changed his emotions
  4. It changed his family's love for him
9. 
In Passage 2, how can you tell the war has changed Johnny's physical appearance?
  • Sample answer: It says he's missing an eye and a leg and that he has lost an eye.
10. 
Passage 1 talks about the heroism involved with war while Passage 2 discusses some of the non-heroic, more gruesome details involved with war.
  1. True
  2. False

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