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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 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) Chopin.
(c) Handel.
(d) Debussy.

2. Chapter 4 opens with George Martin's discussion of what, and its relationship to sound and music?
(a) Art.
(b) The economy.
(c) Pop culture.
(d) Architecture.

3. What was George Martin's complaint, in Chapter 4, regarding a beautiful villa in Portugal?
(a) Curved walls that made him dizzy.
(b) Lack of equipment for playing music.
(c) Too much furniture.
(d) Poor acoustics.

4. "Love Me Do" hit what number in the charts?
(a) Five.
(b) Twenty.
(c) One.
(d) Seventeen.

5. What was the scandal at EMI, involving sopranos Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf?
(a) Schwarzkopf had throat trouble during a recording session, and Flagstad was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(b) Flagstad recorded songs that were released under the Schwarzkopf name.
(c) Flagstad had throat trouble during a recording session, and Schwarzkopf was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(d) The two had a secret affair.

Short Answer Questions

1. During their first meeting with George Martin, which Beatle did not speak a word?

2. In Chapter 1, George Martin mentioned his membership in what dramatic group?

3. The head of promotions at Parlophone was related to which other person in the book?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. At the beginning of Chapter 1, why did the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, call George Martin?

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

5. What was the danger behind the giggling fits of George Martin and Peter Sellers while recording comedy bits at the studio?

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 6, did the role of a producer change from the 1950s to the time "All You Need Is Ears" was published, in 1979?

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