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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone was set to last for how long?
(a) One year.
(b) Five years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Six months.

2. Who was the manager of the Beatles in 1962?
(a) Sidney Harrison.
(b) Brian Epstein.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) Sid Coleman.

3. What sort of horn is featured in the Beatles song, "Penny Lane"?
(a) Piccolo trumpet.
(b) Trombone.
(c) Pocket trumpet.
(d) Flugelhorn.

4. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?
(a) Judy Lockhart-Smith.
(b) Sidney Harrison.
(c) Oscar Preuss.
(d) Frank Sinatra.

5. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, what equipment was used to alter the pitch of a human voice recording?
(a) Harmonising Vocaliser.
(b) Vocal Harmoniser.
(c) Harmonising Eventide.
(d) Eventide Harmoniser.

Short Answer Questions

1. As explained in Chapter 4, what is the normal range of hearing for humans?

2. After his first trip to America, Brian Epstein returned with a song written by which undiscovered composer?

3. In what year did the Beatles first reach number one in America?

4. Who first contacted George Martin in 1962 about a new group called the Beatles, as described in Chapter 7?

5. During the original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone, how many titles were the Beatles expected to record?

Short Essay Questions

1. What album does George Martin consider to be the classic example of what can be achieved by a talented amateur with multi-track equipment?

2. How did the Beatles come to change drummers before achieving success and fame, letting Pete Best go in favor of Ringo Starr?

3. Why did George Martin have trouble plugging "Love Me Do", which only reached number 17 on the charts?

4. Briefly outline George Martin's career experiences before beginning his ultimate career in the recording industry.

5. What aspects of Dick Lester's direction does George Martin most admire, in the Beatles' film, "A Hard Day's Night"?

6. Describe the flat George Martin grew up in, especially its sparse amenities.

7. In what way was the construction of the first AIR studio innovative, as described in Chapter 14?

8. What difficulties were presented by John Lennon's request that George Martin fuse together two unique versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever"?

9. Why did the creators of the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die", want someone other than songwriter Paul McCartney to sing the title song?

10. What, according to George Martin, is the best way to orchestrate for strings?

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