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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. As described in Chapter 14, AIR built its first studio where?
(a) At the top of an old department store in London, in what was once a restaurant for the gentry.
(b) A yacht formerly owned by the Yugoslavian government.
(c) A house in New England.
(d) A private area in the Caribbean.

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

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

5. How did the recording tape used at Capitol in 1958 differ from the tape used at Abbey Road?
(a) Capitol used half-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used quarter-inch tape to produce two tracks.
(b) Capitol used quarter-inch tape to produce a two-track recording, while Abbey Road used half-inch tape to produce three tracks.
(c) Capitol used one-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used half-inch tape to produce two tracks.
(d) Capitol used half-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used quarter-inch tape to produce three tracks.

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

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

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

9. While orchestrating the film, "The Family Way", what compromise did George Martin reach with John Boulting?
(a) George Martin would score the film if Paul McCartney would write the title song.
(b) They agreed to use a click track if they could not keep things synchronized manually.
(c) If the recording session at the Boulting's Shepperton studio was lacking, another recording would be made at CTS.
(d) George Martin would score the film only if Cilla Black would sing the title song.

10. 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) The history of British stamps.
(c) The telephone directory.
(d) Postal employee regulations.

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

12. 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".

13. How far above the original floor does the studio floor at AIR's first studio float?
(a) One inch.
(b) Two feet.
(c) One foot.
(d) Two inches.

14. Which Beatles movie was produced with no assistance from George Martin?
(a) "Help!"
(b) "Abbey Road".
(c) "A Hard Day's Night".
(d) "Sergeant Pepper".

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the British Embassy in 1964, what did one Beatle fan do to Ringo Starr?

2. Which film won the Oscar for musical direction, in the year George Martin was nominated?

3. In the recording industry, what does the acronym ADT stand for?

4. In 1979, George Martin predicted the now-common change from analog to what sort of recording?

5. The "Yellow Submarine" story was written by Erich Segal, who later found fame with what novel-turned-film?

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