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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What is a common mistake made by producers and musicians alike, according to George Martin in Chapter 4?
(a) Recording at too high a volume for standard record players in the 60s and 70s.
(b) Over-orchestrating their songs.
(c) Not protecting their ears from damage.
(d) Not copyrighting their material.

5. According to George Martin in Chapter 7, Ringo Starr's lack of technical skill was made up for by what?
(a) Charisma.
(b) The sweet voice of Paul McCartney.
(c) Solid technique and individuality.
(d) The rough voice of John Lennon.

6. As explained in Chapter 7, why was George Martin first skeptical about the Beatles?
(a) He was skeptical about their longish hair.
(b) He did not like their name.
(c) He doubted they could succeed, given their lack of musical training.
(d) He was not sure a major talent could come out of any of the provinces.

7. In what year was George Martin born?
(a) 1928.
(b) 1930.
(c) 1926.
(d) 1936.

8. Unbeknownst to George Martin, the Beatles wanted to replace one of their musicians with what new man?
(a) John Lennon.
(b) Brian Epstein.
(c) Paul McCartney.
(d) Ringo Starr.

9. In Chapter 7 George Martin and Judy took their first trip to which club, where the Beatles often performed?
(a) The Cavern Club.
(b) The Cave.
(c) Studio Fifty-Four.
(d) The Liverpool Lounge.

10. What reason did George Martin offer, in Chapter 1, for marrying his first wife, Sheena?
(a) Young love.
(b) Her family's wealth.
(c) Her singing voice.
(d) Rebellion against his mother.

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

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

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

14. The title of the book and of Chapter 4 is a pun on what Beatles song?
(a) "All You Need Is Tears".
(b) "All You Need Is Love".
(c) "Ears Are All You Need".
(d) "Love Is All You Need".

15. What happened to many of the labels at EMI, following World War II, according to George Martin?
(a) Most moved to America.
(b) Many were diminished or decimated.
(c) They dismissed pop music as a mere fad, thus losing their position in the industry.
(d) They moved from the recording business to television.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what age did George Martin join his sister at a convent school?

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

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

4. How much were the Beatles to receive per record in royalties, per their original contract with Parlophone?

5. In Chapter 3, who was mistakenly announced to Oscar Preuss as "Mr. Arse"?

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