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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As described in Chapter 4, what are bass traps?
(a) Special strings for bass guitars, featuring extra vibration.
(b) None of the answers is correct.
(c) Devices for altering the frequency of bass guitars.
(d) Chimney-like objects used to absorb bass frequencies.

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

3. In Chapter 1, George Martin mentioned his membership in what dramatic group?
(a) The Waverleys.
(b) The Four Tune Tellers.
(c) The Cavern.
(d) The Quavers.

4. Chapter 4 opens with George Martin's discussion of what, and its relationship to sound and music?
(a) Art.
(b) The economy.
(c) Architecture.
(d) Pop culture.

5. George Martin's fairy godfather helped him to gain admission to which school?
(a) Guildhall.
(b) BBC.
(c) Royal Symphonic.
(d) Parlophone.

6. During his first meeting with George Martin, the Beatles' manager said that everyone in Liverpool described them in what way?
(a) The best thing since sliced bread.
(b) The cat's pajamas.
(c) The bee's knees.
(d) Twenty-three skidoo.

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

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

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

10. What was the cause of death of George Martin's mother?
(a) Pneumonia.
(b) Heart attack.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Cerebral hemorrhage.

11. 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) Paul McCartney.
(d) George Harrison.

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

13. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, what equipment was used to alter the pitch of a human voice recording?
(a) Harmonising Vocaliser.
(b) Eventide Harmoniser.
(c) Harmonising Eventide.
(d) Vocal Harmoniser.

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

15. At the end of Chapter 1, who offered George Martin a job?
(a) Oscar Preuss.
(b) Peter Ustinov.
(c) Eric Harrison.
(d) Sidney Harrison.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who woke George Martin in the middle of the night, at the beginning of Chapter 1?

3. At Abbey Road, what skills did George Martin realize were required to make recordings, in addition to technical abilities?

4. What happened to many of the labels at EMI, following World War II, according to George Martin?

5. The B-side of the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" was what?

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