Story. Rock ‘n’ Roll U.S.A. Game Directions. Game Preparation. Game Pieces. Play the game. A Homemade PowerPoint Game By Clayton DeMooney University of Georgia. Objectives. Credits. Copyright Notice. The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll U.S.A.
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Adam, Clayton, Paul and Peter are four recently graduated high school seniors from Georgia in their last summer together before college begins. These four friends are looking for an adventurous summer break, so they embark on a cross country journey to California to see the final show of their favorite band, Guster. They all pile into Adam’s van in hopes of winning free tickets to the concert along the way. In order to do so, their knowledge of Rock music has to be vast to win the many trivia contests at each city’s local radio show. They also bring their instruments in hopes of getting a few gigs along the way and earn a little money. By the time they arrive in Los Angeles they hope to have four tickets or they will have to turnaround and go home empty-handed. They need your help to get free tickets and backstage passes!
GOAL: To play Rock ‘n’ Roll U.S.A. there can be no more than four teams. Each team has a van and the first team to reach the middle of the board with four tickets wins.
HOW TO PLAY: Each van begins with $200 as they set out on their journey. Each van begins at the starting point on the board and travels in a clockwise direction(you cannot go backwards!). The team rolls the die and can land on one of four options:
If the team lands on the “Benefits block” they take the card and the reward offered to them. If they land on “Oh No! Setbacks” they face some sort of obstacle. If they land on “Radio Trivia” they will have the opportunity to win prize money. They can choose one of the three levels of difficulty to win money(1st level- $25; 2nd level- $50; 3rd level- $100). If they land on the “Grand Prize Ticket” they have to answer an ultimate question correctly in order to win one ticket. The team continues to roll the die until they land on an “Oh No!” block or they answer a trivia question incorrectly. After four “Grand Prize” tickets are accumulated, the van moves to the middle of the board and wins the backstage passes. The guitar at the bottom of each page will return the players to the previous menu.
*A team loses if another van reaches the middle before them, or they lose all of their money before they reach the concert. Each student will be given a money balance sheet that accounts for the amount of money that a team has.
Gameboard: Print out slides 7, cut off the edges, then tape together
“Oh No!” Cards: Use the “Oh No1” slides with the game, there is no need to make cards.
Benefits Block Cards: Same as above except with Benefits Block.
Radio Trivia: Again, this applies to the above.
Ultimate Question: And once again, use the PowerPoint with the game. Don’t print out anything you don’t have to.
Expense Account Sheet: Print out slide 8, and make enough copies for all teams to have 3-4 sheets.
Game Pieces: Cut out the vans in slide 6 for pieces.
Expense Account Table
CreditsAll teachers and students at non-profit schools can use, revise, or adapt this game at will at no cost on the condition that all prior designers are cited.
Adults of all ages who appreciate music. Come one, come all men women and children.
People will be able to identify the major elements of Rock Music and be able to chart the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll and its influences.
Oh No! Setbacks
Radio Trivia Questions
Grand Prize Ticket Questions
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You earn $20 busking on the streets of Atlanta!
You find a wallet on the street in Nashville and turn it into the police and get a $100 reward.
You meet up with a band in Memphis and earn $50 helping them load their equipment in their bus.
You earn $50 washing dishes at a diner in Chicago
You earn $250 as a salsa dance instructor for one week in East Texas
You earn $300 for playing at a honky-tonk in Dallas.
Along the way to L.A. you write a song that a studio in San Antonio buys for $400.
You find a banjo on the side of the road and earn and are rewarded $75.
You play at a bar in Durango, CO and earn $250 in one night.
You travel to a Denver ski resort and help cut down trees for a day and earn $75.
Before you enter California you head down to Las Vegas and win $500 at the Blackjack table.
You play in the parks of Los Angeles and earn $50.
A record executive hears your music and offers you a free ticket to the Guster show!
You work as a waiter in a local restaurant and earn $200 in tips!
You earn $250 playing at a local club in L.A.
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You get a flat tire in Chattanooga, pay $20.
You run a red light in Athens, pay $100.
You get a parking ticket in Charleston, pay $20.
You get a speeding ticket in Tyrone, pay $125.
You fill up for gas, pay $35.
You sleep stay at a motel for a night, pay $45.
You slept late and started on the interstate an hour later: you lose a turn.
You eat a steak dinner at the local steakhouse, pay $95.
You take a wrong turn in Texas, go back three spaces.
You lose one of your guitars, you have to buy a new one, pay $500.
You are fined for playing in the park without a permit, pay $100.
You get a parking ticket in L.A., pay $30.
Pay $60 to fill up for gas in California.
You go out to eat at a local restaurant, pay $35.
You dropped one of your Guster tickets on the way to a gig, so now you have one less ticket than you had before.
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Um, yeah, that answer was incorrect.
Better luck next time.
Yes, you are correct!
The first movie to use a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack is:
Rebel Without a Cause
The Blackboard Jungle
The Wild One
The way that sounds are combined to create a piece of music is referred to as:
Instrumentation is often referred to as the source of sound:
If music gradually becomes louder, it is known as a:
If music gradually becomes softer, it is known as a:
Three or more different pitches sounding at the same time produce a:
A collection of pitches that are played in succession
is a :
The way in which pulses are organized is :
Most urban blues songs are written in the 12-bar progression.
The speed at which basic pulses or beats happen is known as:
Which of these early Rock Music influences contributed the most to Rock ‘n’ Roll:
Country and Western
There are generally two types of blues. They are:
Rural and urban
North and South
East and West
Fast and Slow
Who is considered the “father of blues?”:
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Boogie Woogie is a type of piano blues.
Yodeling is a formal characteristic of which Country and Western Style:
Southwestern country swing
East Texas Rural Country
North Georgia Bluegrass
What record company produced records of black artists for black audiences early in the 20th century?
Common characteristics of this types of blues are barrelhouse rhythm, 8 quick pulses per measure and complex polyrhythms between the two hands:
East Texas rural blues
Chicago urban blues
Mississippi Delta Blues
Which song is commonly referred to as the “first” Rock ‘n’ Roll song?
Ain’t it a Shame
Great Balls of Fire
Elvis Presley remade the song “Hound Dog.” Who is the original artist?
Big Joe Turner
Big Mama Thorton
Little Richard is originally from which town?
The name of Buddy Holly’s band is:
Buddy Holly’s manager and agent was:
This future country star was a bassist in Buddy Holly’s band:
African historians/musicians were known as:
This man is considered the father of the Delta Blues:
Jackie Brenston(who wrote Rocket 88) was a member of The Rhythm Kings. Who was the front man for this band?:
The “Day the Music Died” is commonly referred to as the day when Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and who, died in a plane crash?
Elvis Presley’s agent and manager was:
Col. Tom Parker
“Moondog’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party” was the first rock radio show hosted by:
The common rhythm in Bo Diddley’s songs is:
Do Wop rhythm
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You’ve just won a Guster ticket!
No Guster Ticket For You!
The only Buddy hooly song to reach No 1. on the Billboard charts was:
That’ll be the day
It’s so Easy
Not Fade Away
The Beatle’s song to spend the most amount of time at No. 1 on the Billboard chart is:
A Hard Days Night
Bob Dylan’s real name is:
He was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, GA:
John Lennon originally formed a group in England known as:
Rod Stewart was originally in this band: