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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 song, "Pepperland Laid Waste", appears on which Beatles album?"
(a) "Help!"
(b) "Sergeant Pepper".
(c) "Yellow Submarine".
(d) "Revolver".

2. In the movie, "Yellow Submarine", what sound effect did George Martin contrive for the enormous monster that sucked up the yellow submarine and, eventually, the movie screen?
(a) Small strips of tape, cut apart and spliced in random order.
(b) Piccolo trumpets.
(c) Orchestral music played backwards.
(d) A dilruba.

3. What did George Martin believe would replace discs played by needles, at the time his book was written?
(a) Discs scanned by laser beam.
(b) Discs scanned by x-ray.
(c) Mp3 technology.
(d) Tapes scanned by laser beam.

4. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?
(a) A traveling immersion studio.
(b) A total environment studio.
(c) A total immersion studio.
(d) A traveling environment studio.

5. While recording the twenty-four-bar climax for "A Day in the Life", George Martin told the orchestra to disobey a fundamental rule by doing what?
(a) They were told not to sit in their usual seats, but to mix the different sections of the orchestra.
(b) They were told not to listen to their neighbors.
(c) He did not tell them to disobey a fundamental rule.
(d) They were told not to tune their instruments.

Short Answer Questions

1. As described in Chapter 10, why did George Martin hesitate to honor John Lennon's request to fuse two versions of "Strawberry Fields"?

2. During the Beatles' first visit to America, according to George Martin in Chapter 9, what did some middle-aged men on Fifth Avenue wear to show they were in tune?

3. How far above the original floor does the studio floor at AIR's first studio float?

4. As mentioned in Chapter 12, where did George Martin first meet the then-unknown composer, Randy Newman?

5. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the third layer in a four-track recording?

Short Essay Questions

1. What album does George Martin consider to be the classic example of what can be achieved by a talented amateur with multi-track equipment?

2. Under what circumstances did the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, die?

3. What, according to George Martin, is the best way to orchestrate for strings?

4. How is a click track used in scoring a film?

5. What inspired the Beatles to present "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as a concept album?

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

7. How does George Martin compare multi-track recording to a four-layer cake, as described in Chapter 8?

8. What is George Martin's explanation for the song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", contrary to the popular theory that the song is about LSD?

9. How is a compressor used in a recording studio?

10. What main advantage did George Martin gain from EMI, as a result of creating gold records with the Beatles?

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