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Another common blues instrument that flourished in the rural South during the 1920s and 1930s was the blues harp or harmonica. It was played mainly in bands called jug bands that commonly performed on street corners, in saloons, and at country stores. Jug bands used 5 a variety of instruments including the banjo, guitar, washboard, kazoo, fiddle, jugs, and blues harp. In these bands, the blues harp was used primarily for melodic and rhythmic support. The earliest evidence of the harp used as a solo or lead instrument in the jug bands was in the late 1920s, as heard in the recordings of George 10 “Bullet” Williams. Other good harpmen, such as Sonny Terry, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson, followed Williams, revolutionizing the harp’s role as a lead instrument.

1. What does the passage mainly discuss?

2. The blues harp is another name for the

3. The word “flourished” as used in line 1 could best be replaced by which of the following?

4. The author uses the phrase “rural South” in line 1 to refer to the Southern

5. It can be inferred that George “Bullet” Williams

6. As used in line 7, the word “primarily” could best be replaced by

7. According to the author, when was the harp first used as a lead instrument?

8. The word “lead” as used in line 8 is closest in meaning to which of the following?

9. In line 9, the word “recordings” most likely refers to

10. The word “revolutionizing” in line 11 could best be replaced by which of the following?

11. Which of the following would most likely be the topic of the previous paragraph?

12. According to the passage, jug bands were likely to perform in all of the following places EXCEPT