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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. When George Martin was a child, his grandmother lived where?

2. By the end of Chapter 3, what was George Martin's job at Parlophone?

3. In Chapter 7 George Martin and Judy took their first trip to which club, where the Beatles often performed?

4. At the end of Chapter 1, who offered George Martin a job?

5. During his first meeting with George Martin, the Beatles' manager said that everyone in Liverpool described them in what way?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the Beatles stand up George Martin in 1964, as described in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

8. What was the danger behind the giggling fits of George Martin and Peter Sellers while recording comedy bits at the studio?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the formation of AIR. Detail the design and construction of its first studio in London and its residential studio in Montserrat.

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the major achievements of the Beatles, under the wing of George Martin, that make them the most successful and influential band in rock history? What barriers did they break, shocking at the time, that seem perhaps less radical in retrospect?

Essay Topic 3

Describe George Martin's complex relationship with Debussy's "L'Après-midi d'une faune." How did the piece enhance his understanding of orchestration?

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