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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. In Chapter 1, George Martin wanted the Beatles to record two songs in which foreign language?
(a) Italian.
(b) Japanese.
(c) German.
(d) French.

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

3. Whom does George Martin refer to as his fairy godfather?
(a) Eric Harrison.
(b) Oscar Preuss.
(c) Sidney Harrison.
(d) George Harrison.

4. According to George Martin in Chapter 7, Ringo Starr's lack of technical skill was made up for by what?
(a) The rough voice of John Lennon.
(b) Charisma.
(c) The sweet voice of Paul McCartney.
(d) Solid technique and individuality.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what date did the Beatles gather to record their first record?

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

3. What was the scandal at EMI, involving sopranos Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf?

4. The title of the book and of Chapter 4 is a pun on what Beatles song?

5. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the early founding of AIR, Associated Independent Recording.

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

3. Briefly describe George Martin's first meeting with the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, in 1962.

4. Early in Chapter 1, why were the Beatles in Paris?

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

6. How did Capitol Records come to take on the Beatles' records, even though they resisted at first?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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