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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. During recording sessions, as described in Chapter 5, George Martin and which artist often collapsed into fits of giggles?
(a) George Harrison.
(b) Peter Sellers.
(c) Peggy Lee.
(d) Frank Sinatra.

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

3. At Abbey Road, what skills did George Martin realize were required to make recordings, in addition to technical abilities?
(a) Accounting.
(b) Diplomatic skills and tact.
(c) Promotion and public relations.
(d) Carpentry.

4. The Beatles first signed with which publisher in America?
(a) Dick James.
(b) Pete Best.
(c) Dick Clark.
(d) Brian Epstein.

5. As explained by George Martin in Chapter 2, how is orchestration different from composition?
(a) Orchestration is easier than composition.
(b) Orchestration involves changing a composition, as an editor changes a manuscript.
(c) Orchestration is a matter of giving color to lines that are already there.
(d) Orchestration is more difficult than composition.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much were the Beatles to receive per record in royalties, per their original contract with Parlophone?

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

3. Early in Chapter 1, when the Beatles stood up George Martin, where did he find them?

4. Who was the first president of the London Baroque Society?

5. By the end of Chapter 3, what was George Martin's job at Parlophone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What events led to the purchase of Capitol Records by Sir Joseph Lockwood, and what artists did EMI gain as a result of the purchase?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what were George Martin's criticisms of what he described as a lovely villa in Portugal?

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

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

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

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

7. How does George Martin compare the nature of singer/songwriters in the 1950s, when he started at Parlophone, with the situation in 1979, when "All You Need Is Ears" was published?

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. What was George Martin's first job at Parlophone, as described in Chapter 3, and what were his primary duties?

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

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