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George Martin
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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Chapter 1, which two songs did George Martin want the Beatles to record in a foreign language?
(a) "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
(b) "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Yesterday".
(c) "Ticket to Ride" and "She Loves You".
(d) "Yesterday" and "Ticket to Ride".

3. Why did George Martin stop taking piano lessons after only eight lessons?
(a) The instructor moved away.
(b) His mother died.
(c) The lessons were too expensive.
(d) His mother had a row with his instructor.

4. During recording sessions, as described in Chapter 5, George Martin and which artist often collapsed into fits of giggles?
(a) Peggy Lee.
(b) George Harrison.
(c) Frank Sinatra.
(d) Peter Sellers.

5. What was George Martin's day job at the BBC Music Library, after he finished music school?
(a) Recording young musicians.
(b) Sorting scores.
(c) Composition.
(d) Fundraising.

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

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

8. After attending a concert, George Martin met Eric Harrison, a musician who played which instrument?
(a) Oboe.
(b) Guitar.
(c) Trumpet.
(d) Piano.

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

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

11. At what age did George Martin join his sister at a convent school?
(a) Eight.
(b) Six.
(c) Seven.
(d) Five.

12. Who are the two children of George Martin and Sheena?
(a) Lindy and Bindy.
(b) Bundy and Poggy.
(c) Lundy and Froggy.
(d) Pundy and Boggy.

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

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) Audiences will not pay high ticket prices.
(d) Most people prefer to buy recordings rather than attend live performances.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the manager of the Beatles in 1962?

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

3. George Martin explains that, in 1954, what was true about singer/songwriters?

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

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

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