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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What record, produced by George Martin, was the first record taken to the moon?
(a) "Tubular Bells", by Mike Oldfield.
(b) "Yesterday", by the Beatles.
(c) "She's Leaving Home", by the Beatles.
(d) "Icarus", by Winter Consort.

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

3. Who found a solution to the noise problem caused by extra tracks multiplying hiss and crackle?
(a) Dick James.
(b) Thomas Dolby.
(c) Dr. Ray Dolby.
(d) George Martin.

4. 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 sit in their usual seats, but to mix the different sections of the orchestra.
(b) He did not tell them to disobey a fundamental rule.
(c) They were told not to listen to their neighbors.
(d) They were told not to tune their instruments.

5. What is the double meaning of the title of Chapter 15?
(a) It is both the title of a Beatles song and a reference to his fears about the future.
(b) It is both the title of a Cilla Black song and a reference to his fears about the future.
(c) It is both the title of a Cilla Black song and a reference to his predictions for the future.
(d) It is both the title of a Beatles song and a reference to his predictions for the future.

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

7. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?
(a) A traveling immersion studio.
(b) A total immersion studio.
(c) A traveling environment studio.
(d) A total environment studio.

8. In Chapter 10, which Beatle does George Martin describe as an aural Salvador Dali?
(a) Paul McCartney.
(b) George Harrison.
(c) Ringo Starr.
(d) John Lennon.

9. George Martin states, throughout "All You Need Is Ears", that major change comes to the recording industry at what general interval of time?
(a) Every twenty years.
(b) Every ten years.
(c) Every twenty-five years.
(d) Every fifteen years.

10. In filmmaking, what is a click track?
(a) A separate track featuring a click sound every so many frames of film, used to synchronize the musical score.
(b) A special type of percussion, adding excitement to a scene.
(c) A separate track used to absorb extraneous noises from the soundtrack.
(d) A technique used to speed up or slow film speed.

11. Why did George Martin ultimately agree, in 1976, to score the "Sergeant Pepper" film featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton?
(a) The Beatles asked him to do it.
(b) The Bee Gees asked him to do it.
(c) He desperately needed money.
(d) His wife reminded him that if someone else did the job, he wouldn't be there to defend the music's integrity.

12. How does George Martin describe the result, when a recording is overcompressed?
(a) The volume of the recording is too low.
(b) Background noise, as air enters and leaves the studio.
(c) Punching holes in the sound.
(d) Echoes on the track.

13. 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) Sod this for a lark.
(c) Let's blow this pop-stand.
(d) Sod this for a game of soldiers.

14. In the recording studio, what is the function of the compressor?
(a) Protecting the hearing of musicians and engineers.
(b) Lowering the volume of the loudest sounds and enhancing the quietest sounds.
(c) Providing quiet heating and cooling to the studio.
(d) Allowing the use of a smaller studio.

15. Which Beatles song was the first to feature other musicians, in addition to the four Beatles and George Martin?
(a) "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
(b) "A Day in the Life".
(c) "Yesterday".
(d) "Paperback Writer".

Short Answer Questions

1. During the Beatles' first trip to America, why did Alan Livingston attempt to keep George Martin away from press conferences and the limelight?

2. Which Beatles associate died from an accidental overdose in August 1967?

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

4. 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?

5. The song, "Pepperland Laid Waste", appears on which Beatles album?"

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