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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Engelbert Humperdinck's single, "Release Me," prevented which double-A-side Beatles record from reaching number one?
(a) "Yesterday" and "Strawberry Fields".
(b) "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields".
(c) "Paperback Writer" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
(d) "Penny Lane" and "Paperback Writer".

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

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

5. Who was the first artist recorded by George Martin at AIR's first studio?
(a) Cilla Black.
(b) Mike Oldfield.
(c) The Beatles.
(d) America.

6. As described in Chapter 10, the British Post Office prevented the Mastersingers from singing a choral version of what?
(a) Addresses of government officials.
(b) Postal employee regulations.
(c) The history of British stamps.
(d) The telephone directory.

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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 production school or becoming an independent producer.
(b) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or attending music school.
(c) Attending music school or becoming an independent producer.
(d) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or becoming an independent producer.

13. 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 had turned the Beatles down three separate times.
(b) Alan Livingston wanted to woo the Beatles away from George Martin.
(c) Alan Livingston thought George Martin's accent was too thick.
(d) Alan Livingston had turned the Beatles down four separate times.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After how many attempts, as described in Chapter 9, did Capitol Records agree to release Beatles records?

3. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the first layer in a four-track recording?

4. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the third layer in a four-track recording?

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

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