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George Martin
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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. Why is it almost never cost effective to play classical music live in modern times, according to George Martin?
(a) Most people prefer to buy recordings rather than attend live performances.
(b) Finding enough talented musicians to form an orchestra is difficult.
(c) The sheer number of musicians needed to form an orchestra.
(d) Audiences will not pay high ticket prices.

2. The title of the book and of Chapter 4 is a pun on what Beatles song?
(a) "All You Need Is Love".
(b) "All You Need Is Tears".
(c) "Ears Are All You Need".
(d) "Love Is All You Need".

3. What, according to George Martin, is the real wonder of music and orchestration?
(a) Music is the common language of all people.
(b) Notes on the page become sound in the ear.
(c) Everyone hears notes differently.
(d) You can actually paint sound.

4. What is a common mistake made by producers and musicians alike, according to George Martin in Chapter 4?
(a) Not copyrighting their material.
(b) Over-orchestrating their songs.
(c) Not protecting their ears from damage.
(d) Recording at too high a volume for standard record players in the 60s and 70s.

5. In Chapter 1, George Martin mentioned his membership in what dramatic group?
(a) The Four Tune Tellers.
(b) The Cavern.
(c) The Quavers.
(d) The Waverleys.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before George Martin joined the Fleet Air Arm he worked briefly at what occupation?

2. The composer Bach trudged hundreds of miles in a failed attempt to meet which other musician, according to George Martin in Chapter 2?

3. Who were the four Beatles who first met with George Martin in 1962?

4. What two career paths did George Martin consider before joining the Fleet Air Arm?

5. What is the mathematical relationship between middle A, the octave above middle A, and the octave below middle A on a standard piano?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was George Martin gradually disenchanted with EMI by the end of Chapter 3, and what happened when he announced his plan to accept a position elsewhere?

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

3. Why does George Martin value the inability of the human voice to stay completely in tune?

4. What were George Martin's early life experiences with the piano and performing in general?

5. Briefly summarize George Martin's experience at the Guildhall School of Music.

6. Why, according to George Martin in Chapter 2, is pop music not a step down from classical?

7. Whom does George Martin consider to be his fairy godfather, and how did the two meet?

8. What main advantage did George Martin gain from EMI, as a result of creating gold records with the Beatles?

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

10. Discuss two innovations predicted by George Martin in Chapter 15 that have since become reality.

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