All You Need Is Ears Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

George Martin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, what equipment was used to alter the pitch of a human voice recording?

2. In Chapter 1, Eric Harrison advised George Martin to do what?

3. At Abbey Road, what skills did George Martin realize were required to make recordings, in addition to technical abilities?

4. What is a common mistake made by producers and musicians alike, according to George Martin in Chapter 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did George Martin turn down Dick James' offer to take on a share in his company?

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

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

6. What were George Martin's first impressions of the Beatles when he met them for the first time at Abbey Road?

7. How did George Martin come to record "At the Drop of a Hat" with Donald Swann and Michael Flanders, and what was unusual about the recording method he used?

8. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what were George Martin's criticisms of what he described as a lovely villa in Portugal?

9. Why did George Martin's childhood piano lessons end after only eight sessions, and how did he continue to improve his skill?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe George Martin's impression of each of the Beatles, from first meeting through subsequent endeavors over the years.

Essay Topic 2

How does George Martin string together the various periods of his life, both professional and personal, and how does he interweave more technical discussions about music, architecture, filmmaking, and technology? Chapter by chapter, how does the book flow to create a cohesive autobiography?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 15, George Martin laid out his predictions for the next twenty-five years in music and technology. Most of those predictions have since become reality. Since "All You Need Is Ears" was published in 1979, that twenty-five year span ended in 2004, and the next twenty-five-year span has begun. What predictions might George Martin make for this next quarter century, based on your understanding of his philosophies and knowledge?

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