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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the head of Parlophone, whom George Martin met for an interview at the beginning of Chapter 3?
(a) Sidney Harrison.
(b) Eric Harrison.
(c) Oscar Preuss.
(d) Brian Epstein.

2. "Love Me Do" hit what number in the charts?
(a) Five.
(b) One.
(c) Seventeen.
(d) Twenty.

3. 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) Classical music is formulaic, while pop music is freeform.
(c) Schubert and Beethoven wrote for the masses, creating pop music for their times.
(d) Pop music generates much more revenue than classical.

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

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

6. In Chapter 1, George Martin wanted the Beatles to record two songs in which foreign language?
(a) Italian.
(b) French.
(c) German.
(d) Japanese.

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

8. In what year did the Beatles first reach number one in America?
(a) 1965.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1963.

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

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

11. In 1977, how did Paul McCartney compensate for sound differences when performing "Live and Let Die" in concert?
(a) He lip-synched to a recording of the song.
(b) He compensated for less orchestration by adding lasers and explosions.
(c) He encouraged the audience to sing along.
(d) He compensated for less orchestration by adding more guitars and drums.

12. While in the Fleet Air Arm, George Martin was invited to appear on which BBC program?
(a) "Navy Mixture".
(b) "Army Marches".
(c) "Top of the Pops".
(d) "Benny Hill Show".

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What two career paths did George Martin consider before joining the Fleet Air Arm?

2. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 7, was the collaboration of Lennon and McCartney different from Rodgers and Hart?

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

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

5. Why is it almost never cost effective to play classical music live in modern times, according to George Martin?

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