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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The B-side of the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" was what?
(a) "All You Need Is Love".
(b) "P.S. I Love You".
(c) "She Loves You".
(d) "I want to Hold Your Hand".

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

4. What was the name of George Martin's first band?
(a) The Quavers.
(b) The Waverleys.
(c) The Four Tune Tellers.
(d) The Beatles.

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

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

7. Who created the Beatles' early image, featuring their famous haircuts?
(a) Pete Best.
(b) Brian Epstein.
(c) Sid Coleman.
(d) George Martin.

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

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

10. The original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone was set to last for how long?
(a) Six months.
(b) One year.
(c) Five years.
(d) Two years.

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

12. 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 lasers and explosions.
(b) He compensated for less orchestration by adding more guitars and drums.
(c) He lip-synched to a recording of the song.
(d) He encouraged the audience to sing along.

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

14. The head of promotions at Parlophone was related to which other person in the book?
(a) Sidney Harrison.
(b) George Martin.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) Oscar Preuss.

15. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?
(a) Oscar Preuss.
(b) Judy Lockhart-Smith.
(c) Sidney Harrison.
(d) Frank Sinatra.

Short Answer Questions

1. George Martin had trouble plugging "Love Me Do" for what reason, as explained in Chapter 7?

2. What sort of horn is featured in the Beatles song, "Penny Lane"?

3. The composer Bach trudged hundreds of miles in a failed attempt to meet which other musician, according to George Martin in Chapter 2?

4. What is the length of the tubing in a French horn?

5. What was the scandal at EMI, involving sopranos Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf?

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