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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What password did the Beatles invent, to warn each other about dubious fans approaching?
(a) Gizmo.
(b) Cripples.
(c) Pepper.
(d) Meanies.

2. In 1979, George Martin predicted the now-common change from analog to what sort of recording?
(a) Sampling.
(b) Dialog.
(c) Mp3.
(d) Digital.

3. On George Harrison's "Within You Without You", what Indian violin is featured?
(a) The mayuri vina.
(b) The chikara.
(c) The charchari.
(d) The dilruba.

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

5. While recording the twenty-four-bar climax for "A Day in the Life", George Martin told the orchestra to disobey a fundamental rule by doing what?
(a) They were told not to listen to their neighbors.
(b) They were told not to tune their instruments.
(c) They were told not to sit in their usual seats, but to mix the different sections of the orchestra.
(d) He did not tell them to disobey a fundamental rule.

6. What album does George Martin cite, in Chapter 12, as the classic example of what a talented amateur can achieve with multi-track recording?
(a) The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper".
(b) Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".
(c) Winter Consort's "Icarus".
(d) America's "History".

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

8. At the British Embassy in 1964, what did one Beatle fan do to Ringo Starr?
(a) Steal his wallet.
(b) Propose.
(c) Snip off a piece of his hair.
(d) Kiss him.

9. In Chapter 12, what does George Martin refer to as a "golden treadmill?"
(a) Following one's dreams.
(b) Writing one film score after another, to the exclusion of any other musical endeavor.
(c) His meteoric journey with the Beatles.
(d) Marriage and divorce.

10. Why did George Martin leave EMI, even though they ultimately agreed to pay him a commission as he requested?
(a) If he received a commission, he would receive no salary.
(b) The deal was structured in such a sneaky way that, after subtracting overhead, George Martin would actually owe EMI money.
(c) EMI wanted to tie the commission to a specific profit range.
(d) If he received a commission, he would no longer be allowed to work with established artists, including the Beatles.

11. George Martin's inspiration for AIR's second studio was The Manor, owned by whom?
(a) Phil Ramon.
(b) Mike Oldfield.
(c) Richard Branson.
(d) Rupert Neve.

12. When ADT was first applied to John Lennon's voice, what made-up phrase did George Martin use to describe the mechanics?
(a) Double-bifurcated sploshing flange.
(b) Double-flanged sploshing bifurcator.
(c) Triple-tracked sploshing flange.
(d) Triple-sploshing bifurcated flange.

13. 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.

14. George Martin wrote the musical score for which Michael Caine film, following the success of "Yellow Submarine"?
(a) "Alfie".
(b) "Pulp".
(c) "The Man Who Would Be King".
(d) "Gambit".

15. 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) Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.
(c) Peter Sellers and Cilla Black.
(d) Prince Philip and the Queen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does George Martin describe as one of his biggest hurts, during the Pepper era?

2. In Chapter 10, which Beatle does George Martin describe as an aural Salvador Dali?

3. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?

4. Where did George Martin build his second AIR studio?

5. What does George Martin describe as a lifetime ambition in Chapter 12, unfulfilled when the book was written?

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