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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. As explained in Chapter 4, what is the normal range of hearing for humans?
(a) 20 to 20,000 hertz.
(b) 20 to 200,000 hertz.
(c) 10 to 200,000 hertz.
(d) 200 to 100,000 hertz.

4. In 1964, what function did Neil Aspinall perform for the Beatles?
(a) Songwriter.
(b) Drummer.
(c) Tour manager.
(d) Producer.

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

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

7. 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.

8. 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) "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
(c) "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Yesterday".
(d) "Yesterday" and "Ticket to Ride".

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

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

11. In Chapter 1, Eric Harrison advised George Martin to do what?
(a) Send some of his compositions to the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
(b) Reenlist in the Fleet Air Arm.
(c) Audition before the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
(d) Reenlist in the Royal Air Arm.

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

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

14. What was the name of George Martin's first band?
(a) The Beatles.
(b) The Four Tune Tellers.
(c) The Quavers.
(d) The Waverleys.

15. During the Beatles' first recording session, George Martin wanted to replace which Beatle with a studio musician?
(a) Ringo Starr.
(b) John Lennon.
(c) George Harrison.
(d) Pete Best.

Short Answer Questions

1. George Martin perceived which Beatle to be the leader of the group, early in their relationship, as described in Chapter 7?

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

3. At the beginning of Chapter 3, George Martin went to Abbey Road to visit which studio?

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

5. Early in Chapter 1, when the Beatles stood up George Martin, where did he find them?

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