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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. George Martin converted a house in what New England town into a recording studio, to record Sea Train?
(a) Cape Cod.
(b) Braintree.
(c) Marblehead.
(d) Plymouth.

2. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the third layer in a four-track recording?
(a) Extra bits, called sweetening.
(b) Harmonies, such as piano or guitar.
(c) Rhythm, such as drums and bass.
(d) The lead voice.

3. Members of what group invented an instrument called a Gizmo?
(a) America.
(b) The Ramones.
(c) Winter Consort.
(d) Deep Purple.

4. George Martin and his second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, attended the Beatles' fancy dress party for "Magical Mystery Tour" as what characters?
(a) A nun and a Cockney costermonger.
(b) Prince Philip and the Queen.
(c) Peter Sellers and Cilla Black.
(d) Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.

5. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the first layer in a four-track recording?
(a) The lead voice.
(b) Extra bits, called sweetening.
(c) Harmonies, such as piano or guitar.
(d) Rhythm, such as drums and bass.

6. In what year did George Martin receive the Britannia Award for being the top British record producer of the past twenty-five years?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1977.
(d) 1972.

7. In what city were the Beatles trapped in an overloaded elevator?
(a) Paris.
(b) St. Louis.
(c) Denver.
(d) New York.

8. In the movie, "Yellow Submarine", what sound effect did George Martin contrive for the enormous monster that sucked up the yellow submarine and, eventually, the movie screen?
(a) Orchestral music played backwards.
(b) Piccolo trumpets.
(c) Small strips of tape, cut apart and spliced in random order.
(d) A dilruba.

9. As mentioned in Chapter 12, where did George Martin first meet the then-unknown composer, Randy Newman?
(a) A musical factory in Hollywood.
(b) A party in the Caribbean.
(c) A piano bar in Los Angeles.
(d) A recording studio in London.

10. As described early in Chapter 8, what was one of the main reasons George Martin enjoyed working with the Beatles?
(a) He earned the respect of his mentors.
(b) Their success won him artistic freedom.
(c) Their success allowed him to retire early.
(d) He became a multi-millionaire.

11. Why was George Martin shocked when he viewed "Crooks Anonymous", a film that he scored?
(a) The balance between percussion and other instruments was all wrong.
(b) His movie score had been replaced with someone else's.
(c) The vocal track had been removed from the song that played during the opening credits.
(d) The music was out of sync with the action.

12. Which Beatles movie was produced with no assistance from George Martin?
(a) "Abbey Road".
(b) "Sergeant Pepper".
(c) "A Hard Day's Night".
(d) "Help!"

13. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?
(a) He donates them to music schools to inspire young people.
(b) He sells them in order to maintain and upgrade his studios.
(c) They paper the walls of one room in his house.
(d) They adorn the side walls of his shelving units.

14. While orchestrating the film, "The Family Way", what compromise did George Martin reach with John Boulting?
(a) George Martin would score the film only if Cilla Black would sing the title song.
(b) If the recording session at the Boulting's Shepperton studio was lacking, another recording would be made at CTS.
(c) George Martin would score the film if Paul McCartney would write the title song.
(d) They agreed to use a click track if they could not keep things synchronized manually.

15. George Martin describes John Lennon and Paul McCartney as the main talent of the Beatles, and describes George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and himself as what?
(a) Overshadowed talents.
(b) Overrated talents.
(c) Subsidiary talents.
(d) Marginal talents.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 12, what does George Martin refer to as a "golden treadmill?"

2. As described in Chapter 10, the British Post Office prevented the Mastersingers from singing a choral version of what?

3. What did George Martin believe would replace discs played by needles, at the time his book was written?

4. Which group of painters is George Martin's favorite?

5. George Martin states, throughout "All You Need Is Ears", that major change comes to the recording industry at what general interval of time?

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