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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. At the end of Chapter 1, who offered George Martin a job?
(a) Oscar Preuss.
(b) Eric Harrison.
(c) Sidney Harrison.
(d) Peter Ustinov.

2. Why does George Martin say he could not have written Beatles tunes?
(a) He could not play the guitar.
(b) He lacked the group's simple approach.
(c) He lacked their rhyming ability.
(d) He lacked their ability to tell a story through song.

3. George Martin guesses he was how old when his family got a piano?
(a) Six.
(b) Three.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Nine.

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

5. After attending a concert, George Martin met Eric Harrison, a musician who played which instrument?
(a) Trumpet.
(b) Guitar.
(c) Piano.
(d) Oboe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 4 opens with George Martin's discussion of what, and its relationship to sound and music?

2. Which Beatles song was the first to reach number one in America?

3. Which Beatle, according to George Martin in Chapter 7, was the most proficient musician?

4. What happened to many of the labels at EMI, following World War II, according to George Martin?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Relate one anecdote from George Martin's early career at Parlophone, as described in Chapter 3.

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

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

4. What is the strong warning behind George Martin's pun on a Beatles song, "All You Need Is Ears"?

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

6. Why did the Beatles stand up George Martin in 1964, as described in Chapter 1?

7. Why did George Martin's childhood piano lessons end after only eight sessions, and how did he continue to improve his skill?

8. 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?

9. How does George Martin describe the collaborative writing style of John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

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

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