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George Martin
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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 10, which Beatle does George Martin describe as an aural Salvador Dali?
(a) Ringo Starr.
(b) Paul McCartney.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) George Harrison.

2. In the recording industry, what does the acronym ADT stand for?
(a) Artificial double-tracking.
(b) Auditory double-tracking.
(c) Auditory decibel tones.
(d) Artificial double-tones.

3. At EMI, what did engineer Charlie Anderson do when a photographer wanted to take pictures of a recording artist in the studio?
(a) Remove all microphones from the room.
(b) Offer them standard publicity glossies.
(c) Deny their request.
(d) Rearrange the microphones in impossible ways so no one could study his techniques.

4. Why did George Martin leave EMI, even though they ultimately agreed to pay him a commission as he requested?
(a) The deal was structured in such a sneaky way that, after subtracting overhead, George Martin would actually owe EMI money.
(b) If he received a commission, he would receive no salary.
(c) EMI wanted to tie the commission to a specific profit range.
(d) If he received a commission, he would no longer be allowed to work with established artists, including the Beatles.

5. Engelbert Humperdinck's single, "Release Me," prevented which double-A-side Beatles record from reaching number one?
(a) "Yesterday" and "Strawberry Fields".
(b) "Penny Lane" and "Paperback Writer".
(c) "Paperback Writer" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
(d) "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields".

Short Answer Questions

1. What album does George Martin cite, in Chapter 12, as the classic example of what a talented amateur can achieve with multi-track recording?

2. In 1979, George Martin predicted the now-common change from analog to what sort of recording?

3. As described in Chapter 14, AIR built its first studio where?

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

5. George Martin wrote the musical score for which Michael Caine film, following the success of "Yellow Submarine"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the song, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", how did George Martin achieve his complex hurdy-gurdy effect?

3. 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?

4. Why did the creators of the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die", want someone other than songwriter Paul McCartney to sing the title song?

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

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

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

8. What difficulties were presented by John Lennon's request that George Martin fuse together two unique versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever"?

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

10. For the film, "The Family Way", what sort of tune did George Martin ask Paul McCartney to write, and what strategy did he employ when Paul McCartney was slow to comply?

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