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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What sort of horn is featured in the Beatles song, "Penny Lane"?
(a) Piccolo trumpet.
(b) Pocket trumpet.
(c) Trombone.
(d) Flugelhorn.

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

3. On what date did the Beatles gather to record their first record?
(a) August 12, 1963.
(b) July 9, 1961.
(c) September 11, 1962.
(d) July 22, 1962.

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

5. How long after the wedding of George Martin and Sheena, did his mother pass away?
(a) Three years.
(b) Three weeks.
(c) One week.
(d) One year.

6. Why is it almost never cost effective to play classical music live in modern times, according to George Martin?
(a) Finding enough talented musicians to form an orchestra is difficult.
(b) Audiences will not pay high ticket prices.
(c) The sheer number of musicians needed to form an orchestra.
(d) Most people prefer to buy recordings rather than attend live performances.

7. At the time George Martin took over Parlophone, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, and Peggy Lee were signed with which American label?
(a) RCA.
(b) Capitol.
(c) Parlophone.
(d) Apple.

8. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 7, was the collaboration of Lennon and McCartney different from Rodgers and Hart?
(a) Lennon and McCartney regularly fought while writing.
(b) They wrote separately, then asked each other for advice when stuck.
(c) Lennon wrote only music and McCartney wrote only lyrics.
(d) Lennon wrote only lyrics and McCartney wrote only music.

9. Chapter 1 begins with George Martin waking up where?
(a) A house he purchased in London.
(b) A Paris hotel room.
(c) His childhood home.
(d) A recording studio.

10. Why does George Martin say he could not have written Beatles tunes?
(a) He lacked their ability to tell a story through song.
(b) He lacked the group's simple approach.
(c) He could not play the guitar.
(d) He lacked their rhyming ability.

11. Early in the Beatles' saga, who was the assistant to Neil Aspinall?
(a) George Martin.
(b) George Harrison.
(c) Brian Epstein.
(d) Mal Evans.

12. Who woke George Martin in the middle of the night, at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) Neil Aspinall.
(b) Paul McCartney.
(c) Mal Evans.
(d) Brian Epstein.

13. According to George Martin in Chapter 4, why is a human voice more interesting than a synthesizer?
(a) The human voice enunciates words better.
(b) The human voice touches one's soul.
(c) The human voice includes variations in pitch and tone.
(d) The human voice is male or female.

14. What was George Martin's complaint, in Chapter 4, regarding a beautiful villa in Portugal?
(a) Too much furniture.
(b) Lack of equipment for playing music.
(c) Curved walls that made him dizzy.
(d) Poor acoustics.

15. George Martin states that pop music is not a step down from classical, for what reason?
(a) Classical music is formulaic, while pop music is freeform.
(b) Pop music generates much more revenue than classical.
(c) Pop music attracts larger audiences than classical.
(d) Schubert and Beethoven wrote for the masses, creating pop music for their times.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to George Martin in Chapter 7, Ringo Starr's lack of technical skill was made up for by what?

2. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?

3. In Chapter 7, George Martin reflects that what decision cost him millions of pounds?

4. What was the name of George Martin's first band?

5. Regarding the family flat where George Martin lived as a boy, which of the following is true?

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