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. According to George Martin in Chapter 4, why is a human voice more interesting than a synthesizer?

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

3. In Chapter 1, George Martin wanted the Beatles to record two songs in which foreign language?

4. George Martin's fairy godfather helped him to gain admission to which school?

5. In what year was George Martin born?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is the strong warning behind George Martin's pun on a Beatles song, "All You Need Is Ears"?

4. Why, according to George Martin in Chapter 2, is pop music not a step down from classical?

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

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

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

9. Describe the flat George Martin grew up in, especially its sparse amenities.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the highlights and lowlights of George Martin's childhood, living in a modest flat and having limited access to formal musical training?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compile a list of famous names in "All You Need Is Ears" that may be unfamiliar to Americans or to younger readers. Create a brief byline for each person, indicating why he or she is famous. Should subsequent editions of the book contain footnotes, elaborating on these celebrities' claims to fame?

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