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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, anyone wanting to become a professional record producer had what two options, according to George Martin in Chapter 12?
(a) Attending music school or becoming an independent producer.
(b) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or attending music school.
(c) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or becoming an independent producer.
(d) Attending production school or becoming an independent producer.

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

4. The "Yellow Submarine" story was written by Erich Segal, who later found fame with what novel-turned-film?
(a) "The Exorcist".
(b) "Love Story".
(c) "Jaws".
(d) "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

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

6. During the Beatles' first visit to America, according to George Martin in Chapter 9, what did some middle-aged men on Fifth Avenue wear to show they were in tune?
(a) Skinny-legged pants.
(b) Beatle t-shirts.
(c) Beatle wigs.
(d) Collarless suits.

7. Which film won the Oscar for musical direction, in the year George Martin was nominated?
(a) "My Fair Lady".
(b) "Doctor Zhivago".
(c) "The Sound of Music".
(d) "Mary Poppins".

8. George Martin wrote the musical score for which James Bond film?
(a) "Goldfinger".
(b) "Live and Let Die".
(c) "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
(d) "Diamonds Are Forever".

9. In Chapter 10 George Martin describes his disappointment with EMI, due to their unwillingness to pay him a bonus, using what British turn of phrase?
(a) Blow this for a lark.
(b) Let's blow this pop-stand.
(c) Sod this for a lark.
(d) Sod this for a game of soldiers.

10. What, for George Martin, was the main advantage of recording on two tracks instead of one?
(a) If a mistake were made on one track, the other track would compensate.
(b) Two songs could be recorded on one section of tape.
(c) The rhythms and vocals could be recorded separately.
(d) Two vocalists could sing without hearing each other.

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

12. 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) Marginal talents.
(b) Overshadowed talents.
(c) Overrated talents.
(d) Subsidiary talents.

13. What was the first difference George Martin noticed at Capitol Studios in America, as compared to Abbey Road, as described in Chapter 8?
(a) The monitor level in the Capitol control room was much lower than at Abbey Road.
(b) The monitor level in the Capitol control room was much louder than at Abbey Road.
(c) Capitol had no compressors.
(d) Capitol had better compressors.

14. Where did George Martin build his second AIR studio?
(a) London.
(b) Montserrat.
(c) Cape Cod.
(d) Yugoslavia.

15. Which small American record label released "She Loves You" after Capitol Records refused?
(a) VJ Records.
(b) Decca Records.
(c) Swan Records.
(d) EMI Records.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Beatle sang the title song in the James Bond film scored by George Martin?

2. Why was George Martin shocked when he viewed "Crooks Anonymous", a film that he scored?

3. Who was the first artist recorded by George Martin at AIR's first studio?

4. As stated in Chapter 8, in what year did George Martin make his first trip to America?

5. How many years after George Martin returned to England from America, did he finally receive his requested studio upgrades from EMI?

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