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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which group of painters is George Martin's favorite?
(a) The Humanists.
(b) The Expressionists.
(c) The Impressionists.
(d) The Realists.

2. During the Beatles' first trip to America, why did Alan Livingston attempt to keep George Martin away from press conferences and the limelight?
(a) Alan Livingston thought George Martin's accent was too thick.
(b) Alan Livingston had turned the Beatles down three separate times.
(c) Alan Livingston had turned the Beatles down four separate times.
(d) Alan Livingston wanted to woo the Beatles away from George Martin.

3. Regarding orchestration, what does George Martin offer as the secret to good string writing?
(a) Writing a separate part for each musician.
(b) Writing for four parts, as if for four human voices.
(c) Writing all parts close to the piano's middle C.
(d) Writing as if for a piano, with parts for left and right hands.

4. What sound near the end of "Good Morning" sounded remarkably like the guitar at the beginning of "Sergeant Pepper", allowing for an easy fusion of "Good Morning" and the "Sergeant Pepper Reprise"?
(a) A baby crying.
(b) A man laughing.
(c) A horse neighing.
(d) A chicken clucking.

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

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) Beatle wigs.
(b) Collarless suits.
(c) Skinny-legged pants.
(d) Beatle t-shirts.

7. 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) Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".
(b) Winter Consort's "Icarus".
(c) America's "History".
(d) The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper".

8. Which Beatles associate died from an accidental overdose in August 1967?
(a) Brian Epstein.
(b) Neil Aspinall.
(c) Pete Best.
(d) Magic Alex.

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

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

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

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

13. Which Beatle sang the title song in the James Bond film scored by George Martin?
(a) John Lennon.
(b) George Harrison.
(c) Ringo Starr.
(d) Paul McCartney.

14. George Martin witnessed an argument between Frank Sinatra and Voyle Gilmore during his first trip to America, regarding what topic?
(a) Sinatra wanted to record some Beatles tracks.
(b) Sinatra did not like his newest album cover, featuring a TWA airliner.
(c) Sinatra did not like the quality of the studio equipment.
(d) Sinatra wanted to record in London rather than in New York.

15. What is George Martin's explanation for the song title, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"?
(a) Lucy was a stewardess on a flight taken by John Lennon shortly before he wrote the lyrics.
(b) Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, an illegal psychedelic drug.
(c) The song was a tribute to John Lennon's mother, Lucy, who often wished for a diamond ring.
(d) John Lennon's son, Julian, had drawn a picture of his friend, Lucy, floating in a black sky full of stars.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what city were the Beatles trapped in an overloaded elevator?

2. As described early in Chapter 8, what was one of the main reasons George Martin enjoyed working with the Beatles?

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

4. 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?

5. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?

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