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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. By the end of Chapter 3, what was George Martin's job at Parlophone?
(a) Equipment manager.
(b) Manager of the Beatles.
(c) Head of the record label.
(d) Lead promoter.

2. After his first trip to America, Brian Epstein returned with a song written by which undiscovered composer?
(a) Irving Berlin.
(b) Dick James.
(c) Burt Bacharach.
(d) Elvis Presley.

3. Who woke George Martin in the middle of the night, at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) Brian Epstein.
(b) Neil Aspinall.
(c) Mal Evans.
(d) Paul McCartney.

4. The composer Bach trudged hundreds of miles in a failed attempt to meet which other musician, according to George Martin in Chapter 2?
(a) Beethoven.
(b) Handel.
(c) Debussy.
(d) Chopin.

5. According to George Martin in Chapter 2, what was the great challenge faced by classical composers in the late twentieth century?
(a) Making a living.
(b) Not being influenced by pop music.
(c) They must create a new sound, or else risk being categorized by the style they emulate.
(d) Finding enough talented musicians to form an orchestra.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the profession of George Martin's father?

2. Unbeknownst to George Martin, the Beatles wanted to replace one of their musicians with what new man?

3. As described in Chapter 4, what are bass traps?

4. At the time George Martin took over Parlophone, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, and Peggy Lee were signed with which American label?

5. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, what equipment was used to alter the pitch of a human voice recording?

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. 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?

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

4. Why did George Martin turn down Dick James' offer to take on a share in his company?

5. For the film, "The Family Way", what sort of tune did George Martin ask Paul McCartney to write, and what strategy did he employ when Paul McCartney was slow to comply?

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

7. What was George Martin's first musical love, and what did he do to understand its construction, as described in Chapter 2?

8. What was the atmosphere at Parlophone immediately following the retirement of Oscar Preuss, as described by George Martin at the beginning of Chapter 5?

9. Briefly describe the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comparison of the Beatles and Jesus.

10. How does George Martin compare multi-track recording to a four-layer cake, as described in Chapter 8?

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