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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 horse neighing.
(b) A baby crying.
(c) A chicken clucking.
(d) A man laughing.

3. What did George Martin believe would replace discs played by needles, at the time his book was written?
(a) Tapes scanned by laser beam.
(b) Mp3 technology.
(c) Discs scanned by x-ray.
(d) Discs scanned by laser beam.

4. How many years after George Martin returned to England from America, did he finally receive his requested studio upgrades from EMI?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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.

13. What was the dream of George Martin's childhood, as revealed in Chapter 12?
(a) Painting like the Impressionists.
(b) Writing music for films.
(c) Becoming an architect.
(d) Becoming a rock star.

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

15. 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 four 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 three separate times.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. George Martin wrote the musical score for which Michael Caine film, following the success of "Yellow Submarine"?

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

4. How does George Martin describe the result, when a recording is overcompressed?

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

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