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George Martin
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. George Martin guesses he was how old when his family got a piano?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Three.
(c) Nine.
(d) Six.

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

3. Early in Chapter 3, what was George Martin's job at Parlophone?
(a) Overseeing classical music.
(b) Sorting scores.
(c) Accounting.
(d) Composition.

4. What was unusual about the piano-playing skill of Irving Berlin, according to George Martin?
(a) He could only play with his eyes closed.
(b) He could only play his own compositions.
(c) He could only play in G flat.
(d) He could not play the piano without accompaniment.

5. After hearing the Beatles play for the first time live, George Martin wanted to replace which musician?
(a) The lead guitarist.
(b) The drummer.
(c) The bass player.
(d) The vocalist.

6. At Abbey Road, what skills did George Martin realize were required to make recordings, in addition to technical abilities?
(a) Promotion and public relations.
(b) Diplomatic skills and tact.
(c) Accounting.
(d) Carpentry.

7. During the original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone, how many titles were the Beatles expected to record?
(a) Four.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Six.
(d) Two.

8. Who was the first president of the London Baroque Society?
(a) George Martin.
(b) Oscar Preuss.
(c) Dr. Karl Oskar.
(d) Peter Ustinov.

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

10. 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) Lennon wrote only lyrics and McCartney wrote only music.
(c) Lennon wrote only music and McCartney wrote only lyrics.
(d) They wrote separately, then asked each other for advice when stuck.

11. George Martin explains that, in 1954, what was true about singer/songwriters?
(a) Singer/songwriters were a rare breed, less common than in the late 1970s.
(b) Singers only sang their own songs.
(c) Singers were discouraged from singing their own compositions.
(d) Singer/songwriters were asked to choose one specialty or the other.

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

13. George Martin perceived which Beatle to be the leader of the group, early in their relationship, as described in Chapter 7?
(a) No one.
(b) John Lennon.
(c) George Harrison.
(d) Paul McCartney.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In 1977, how did Paul McCartney compensate for sound differences when performing "Live and Let Die" in concert?

3. During the Beatles' first recording session, George Martin wanted to replace which Beatle with a studio musician?

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

5. During recording sessions, as described in Chapter 5, George Martin and which artist often collapsed into fits of giggles?

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