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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1, Eric Harrison advised George Martin to do what?
(a) Send some of his compositions to the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
(b) Reenlist in the Fleet Air Arm.
(c) Reenlist in the Royal Air Arm.
(d) Audition before the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.

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

3. What happened to many of the labels at EMI, following World War II, according to George Martin?
(a) They dismissed pop music as a mere fad, thus losing their position in the industry.
(b) They moved from the recording business to television.
(c) Most moved to America.
(d) Many were diminished or decimated.

4. Who were the four Beatles who first met with George Martin in 1962?
(a) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best.
(b) John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein, and Pete Best.
(c) Brian Epstein, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best.
(d) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Ringo Starr.

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

6. In 1964, what function did Neil Aspinall perform for the Beatles?
(a) Tour manager.
(b) Producer.
(c) Songwriter.
(d) Drummer.

7. According to George Martin in Chapter 2, what was the great challenge faced by classical composers in the late twentieth century?
(a) Making a living.
(b) Not being influenced by pop music.
(c) Finding enough talented musicians to form an orchestra.
(d) They must create a new sound, or else risk being categorized by the style they emulate.

8. What two career paths did George Martin consider before joining the Fleet Air Arm?
(a) Baking and woodworking.
(b) Architecture and aircraft design.
(c) Architecture and woodworking.
(d) Aircraft design and baking.

9. When George Martin took over Parlophone, what was the job description of Shirley Spence?
(a) Manager.
(b) Promoter.
(c) Recording engineer.
(d) Judy Lockhart-Smith's assistant.

10. In what year was George Martin born?
(a) 1928.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1926.
(d) 1936.

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

12. What was the scandal at EMI, involving sopranos Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf?
(a) The two had a secret affair.
(b) Schwarzkopf had throat trouble during a recording session, and Flagstad was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(c) Flagstad had throat trouble during a recording session, and Schwarzkopf was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(d) Flagstad recorded songs that were released under the Schwarzkopf name.

13. Early in Chapter 1, when the Beatles stood up George Martin, where did he find them?
(a) The Hotel Jacques Trois.
(b) The Hotel Georges Cinq.
(c) The Hotel Georges Deux.
(d) The Hotel Jacques Cinq.

14. What was the profession of George Martin's father?
(a) Actor.
(b) Baker.
(c) Carpenter.
(d) Musician.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does George Martin say he could not have written Beatles tunes?

3. During their first meeting with George Martin, who was the most talkative Beatle?

4. Who was the head of Parlophone, whom George Martin met for an interview at the beginning of Chapter 3?

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

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