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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. What is the length of the tubing in a French horn?
(a) Ten feet.
(b) Twenty-six feet.
(c) Sixteen feet.
(d) Twelve feet.

2. In 1977, how did Paul McCartney compensate for sound differences when performing "Live and Let Die" in concert?
(a) He lip-synched to a recording of the song.
(b) He encouraged the audience to sing along.
(c) He compensated for less orchestration by adding more guitars and drums.
(d) He compensated for less orchestration by adding lasers and explosions.

3. Who recommended George Martin for the job at Abbey Road, as cited early in Chapter 3?
(a) Sidney Harrison.
(b) Peter Ustinov.
(c) Oscar Preuss.
(d) Dr. Karl Haas.

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

5. In Chapter 3, who was mistakenly announced to Oscar Preuss as "Mr. Arse"?
(a) Dr. Karl Oskar, conductor of the London Baroque Ensemble.
(b) Dr. Karl Oskar, head of EMI.
(c) Dr. Karl Haas, conductor of the London Baroque Ensemble.
(d) Dr. Karl Haas, head of EMI.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 3, George Martin went to Abbey Road to visit which studio?

2. In what year did the Beatles first reach number one in America?

3. Who was the manager of the Beatles in 1962?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Briefly summarize George Martin's experience at the Guildhall School of Music.

3. As described at the end of Chapter 5, what embarrassing and untactful conversation did George Martin have with the director of the Scottish Festival of Male Voice Praise?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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