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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. While orchestrating the film, "The Family Way", what compromise did George Martin reach with John Boulting?
(a) George Martin would score the film if Paul McCartney would write the title song.
(b) George Martin would score the film only if Cilla Black would sing the title song.
(c) They agreed to use a click track if they could not keep things synchronized manually.
(d) If the recording session at the Boulting's Shepperton studio was lacking, another recording would be made at CTS.

2. 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 tune their instruments.
(b) He did not tell them to disobey a fundamental rule.
(c) They were told not to listen to their neighbors.
(d) They were told not to sit in their usual seats, but to mix the different sections of the orchestra.

3. Why did George Martin ultimately agree, in 1976, to score the "Sergeant Pepper" film featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton?
(a) He desperately needed money.
(b) The Beatles asked him to do it.
(c) His wife reminded him that if someone else did the job, he wouldn't be there to defend the music's integrity.
(d) The Bee Gees asked him to do it.

4. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, anyone wanting to become a professional record producer had what two options, according to George Martin in Chapter 12?
(a) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or attending music school.
(b) Attending production school or becoming an independent producer.
(c) Becoming a staff producer with a large company or becoming an independent producer.
(d) Attending music school or becoming an independent producer.

5. What does George Martin describe as one of his biggest hurts, during the Pepper era?
(a) Paul McCartney found someone else to score "She's Leaving Home", because of a minor scheduling conflict.
(b) John Lennon found someone else to score "Day in the Life", because of a minor scheduling conflict.
(c) He was not invited to be on the cover of the "Sergeant Pepper" album.
(d) He and his first wife divorced.

Short Answer Questions

1. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?

2. Regarding orchestration, what does George Martin offer as the secret to good string writing?

3. George Martin states, throughout "All You Need Is Ears", that major change comes to the recording industry at what general interval of time?

4. In the recording industry, what does the acronym ADT stand for?

5. Why was George Martin shocked when he viewed "Crooks Anonymous", a film that he scored?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 11, George Martin expresses his naivety regarding what activities of the Beatles?

2. Briefly summarize George Martin's predictions for the future, as of 1979, regarding the use of digital recording.

3. Briefly describe the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comparison of the Beatles and Jesus.

4. Which is the only Beatles film not scored by George Martin, and why?

5. What sorts of diversions did the Beatles create, in order to get in and out of their hotel rooms in the U.S.?

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

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

8. What sites did George Martin consider for AIR's second studio, a residential complex, and where was it ultimately constructed?

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

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

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