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The Music Man


Viewing Guide

1. Where does the first scene of the movie take place?

2. In what city and state does most of the story take place?

3. What does Harold Hill tell people his profession is?

4. Why does Harold Hill want to meet Marian?

5. What is Harold Hills real profession?

6. What are the two things Marian Paroo does for a living?

7. How does Marcellus Washburn (the man at the horse stable) know Harold Hill?

8. In the song You Got Trouble, what is the trouble that Harold Hill warns the townspeople about?

9. Why does Marians little brother, Winthrop, not like to talk?

10. Describe Mrs. Schinn, the mayors wife.

11. How does Harold Hill get people to do what he wants them to do?

12. How does Harold Hill distract the school board members when they ask for his credentials?

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13. Where does Harold Hill say he received his musical training?

14. What system does Harold Hill plan to use for teaching the boys to play their instruments?

15. How does Harold Hill get Mrs. Schinn on his side?

16. How do Mrs. Schinn and the other ladies feel about Marian Paroo?

17. When Harold visits Marian at the library, he shows her a bag. What does he tell her is in it?

18. What is really in the bag?

19. What does Tommy invent for the band?

20. What does Mrs. Paroo want for Marian?

21. What does the Wells Fargo Wagon bring to town?

22. In what way does Winthrop surprise everybody when the Wells Fargo Wagon makes its delivery?

23. What kind of salesman comes to warn the town that Harold Hill is scamming them?

24. How many weeks did Harold Hill say it would take for the band uniforms to arrive?

25. Do you think it was a good thing that Harold Hill came to the town in the story? Why or why not?

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ANSWER KEY
The Music Man
Viewing Guide for the 1962 film version starring Robert Preston & Shirley Jones

Although it is possible to hand the worksheet out at the beginning of the movie and let students fill in the answers as they go along, it
is advisable to periodically pause the video and discuss certain questions to ensure that all of the students are understanding the story.
This is particularly helpful for younger audiences. I have marked good stopping points with an asterisk (*).

1. Where does the first scene of the movie take place?


AT A TRAIN STATION / ON A TRAIN

*2. In what city and state does most of the story take place? (- the usher on the train is kind of hard to hear)
RIVER CITY, IOWA

3. What does Harold Hill tell people his profession is?


A MUSIC PROFESSOR

*4. Why does Harold Hill want to meet Marian? ( pause after Harold & Marcellus sit on the bench & talk)
SHE IS THE ONLY TRAINED MUSICIAN IN THE TOWN. HE WANTS TO GET HER ON
HIS SIDE SO SHE WONT TELL EVERYONE THAT HE IS A FAKE.

5. What is Harold Hills real profession?


HE IS A CON ARTIST. (HE TRICKS PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MONEY.)

6. What are the two things Marian Paroo does for a living?
1) TOWN LIBRAIAN 2) GIVES PIANO LESSONS

*7. How does Marcellus Washburn (the man at the horse stable) know Harold Hill?
THEY USED TO WORK TOGETHER SCAMMING PEOPLE.

8. In the song You Got Trouble, what is the trouble that Harold Hill warns the townspeople about?
THE NEW POOL TABLE

9. Why does Marians little brother, Winthrop, not like to talk?


1) HE HAS A LISP (TROUBLE MAKING S SOUNDS).
2) HE IS SAD BECAUSE HE DOESNT UNDERSTAND WHY HIS FATHER DIED.

10. Describe Mrs. Schinn, the mayors wife.


DESCRIPTIONS MIGHT INCLUDE: MEAN, BOSSY, STUCK-UP, RUDE, PUSHY, ETC.

*11. How does Harold Hill get people to do what he wants them to do? (pause after the 2 boys with perfect pitch)
HE FLATTERS THEM. (GIVES FALSE COMPLIMENTS TO MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD
ABOUT THEMSELVES.)

12. How does Harold Hill distract the school board members when they ask for his credentials?
HE GETS THEM TO SING AND THEN HE SNEAKS AWAY.

*13. Where does Harold Hill say he received his musical training? (pause after the Gary, Indiana song)
GARY CONSERVATORY; GARY, INDIANA; GOLD MEDAL CLASS OF 05

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14. What system does Harold Hill plan to use for teaching the boys to play their instruments?
THE THINK SYSTEM IF THEY CAN THINK THE MUSIC, THEN THEY CAN PLAY IT

15. How does Harold Hill get Mrs. Schinn on his side?
1) HE TELLS HER THAT SHE IS A WONDERFUL DANCER.
2) HE ASKS HER TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE LADIES DANCE GROUP.

16. How do Mrs. Schinn and the other ladies feel about Marian Paroo?
THEY ARE JEALOUS OF HER BECAUSE MIZER MADISON LEFT THE LIBRARY
BUILDING TO THE TOWN, BUT ALL OF THE BOOKS TO HER.

17. When Harold visits Marian at the library, he shows her a bag. What does he tell her is in it?
MARBLES (HE THREATENS TO DROP THEM ON THE FLOOR TO MAKE NOISE)

*18. What is really in the bag? (#17 & #18 happen kind of fast sometimes the kids miss it)
MARSHMALLOWS

19. What does Tommy invent for the band?


A MUSIC HOLDER FOR A MARCHING PICCOLO PLAYER.

20. What does Mrs. Paroo want for Marian?


TO FALL IN LOVE; TO GET MARRIED

21. What does the Wells Fargo Wagon bring to town?


THE BAND INSTRUMENTS

22. In what way does Winthrop surprise everybody when the Wells Fargo Wagon makes its delivery?
HE STARTS SINGING AND TALKING BECAUSE HE IS SO EXCITED ABOUT HIS NEW
CORNET.

*23. What kind of salesman comes to warn the town that Harold Hill is scamming them? (pause when it shows
the anvil suitcase so the kids can read it (and know how to spell anvil)
AN ANVIL SALESMAN

24. How many weeks did Harold Hill say it would take for the band uniforms to arrive?
FOUR WEEKS

25. Do you think it was a good thing that Harold Hill came to the town in the story? Why or why not?

ANSWERS WILL VARY (ALTHOUGH MOST KIDS WILL PROBABLY SAY YES)

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