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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the head of Parlophone, whom George Martin met for an interview at the beginning of Chapter 3?
(a) Brian Epstein.
(b) Oscar Preuss.
(c) Eric Harrison.
(d) Sidney Harrison.

2. At what age did George Martin join his sister at a convent school?
(a) Six.
(b) Eight.
(c) Five.
(d) Seven.

3. What is the length of the tubing in a French horn?
(a) Sixteen feet.
(b) Ten feet.
(c) Twelve feet.
(d) Twenty-six feet.

4. The Beatles first signed with which publisher in America?
(a) Dick James.
(b) Brian Epstein.
(c) Pete Best.
(d) Dick Clark.

5. In Chapter 3, who was mistakenly announced to Oscar Preuss as "Mr. Arse"?
(a) Dr. Karl Oskar, conductor of the London Baroque Ensemble.
(b) Dr. Karl Oskar, head of EMI.
(c) Dr. Karl Haas, head of EMI.
(d) Dr. Karl Haas, conductor of the London Baroque Ensemble.

6. Why did George Martin stop taking piano lessons after only eight lessons?
(a) His mother had a row with his instructor.
(b) His mother died.
(c) The lessons were too expensive.
(d) The instructor moved away.

7. In 1977, how did Paul McCartney compensate for sound differences when performing "Live and Let Die" in concert?
(a) He compensated for less orchestration by adding more guitars and drums.
(b) He encouraged the audience to sing along.
(c) He compensated for less orchestration by adding lasers and explosions.
(d) He lip-synched to a recording of the song.

8. According to George Martin in Chapter 7, Ringo Starr's lack of technical skill was made up for by what?
(a) The rough voice of John Lennon.
(b) The sweet voice of Paul McCartney.
(c) Solid technique and individuality.
(d) Charisma.

9. What is the mathematical relationship between middle A, the octave above middle A, and the octave below middle A on a standard piano?
(a) The notes vibrate respectively at 440, 880, and 220 hertz.
(b) The notes vibrate respectively at 220, 440, and 880 hertz.
(c) The notes vibrate respectively at 220, 440, and 110 hertz.
(d) The notes vibrate respectively at 440, 880, and 1600 hertz.

10. What, according to George Martin, is the real wonder of music and orchestration?
(a) Music is the common language of all people.
(b) Everyone hears notes differently.
(c) Notes on the page become sound in the ear.
(d) You can actually paint sound.

11. Whom does George Martin refer to as his fairy godfather?
(a) Oscar Preuss.
(b) Sidney Harrison.
(c) George Harrison.
(d) Eric Harrison.

12. Regarding the family flat where George Martin lived as a boy, which of the following is true?
(a) The flat had electricity but the only water supply was a sink on the landing.
(b) The flat had no electricity and the only water supply was a sink on the landing.
(c) The flat had electricity but no running water.
(d) The flat had no electricity and no running water.

13. In Chapter 7, George Martin reflects that what decision cost him millions of pounds?
(a) Refusing to publish the Beatles' music worldwide.
(b) Turning down an offer to buy a share in Dick James Music.
(c) Turning down an offer to buy a share in Dick Clark Music.
(d) Selling his rights to the Beatles catalog to Michael Jackson.

14. In what year did the Beatles first reach number one in America?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1965.
(d) 1963.

15. How much were the Beatles to receive per record in royalties, per their original contract with Parlophone?
(a) One-half pound.
(b) Two pennies.
(c) One pound.
(d) One penny.

Short Answer Questions

1. The title of the book and of Chapter 4 is a pun on what Beatles song?

2. In Chapter 1, George Martin mentioned his membership in what dramatic group?

3. Who first contacted George Martin in 1962 about a new group called the Beatles, as described in Chapter 7?

4. In Chapter 1, George Martin wanted the Beatles to record two songs in which foreign language?

5. George Martin's fairy godfather helped him to gain admission to which school?

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