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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. Early in Chapter 1, when the Beatles stood up George Martin, where did he find them?

2. The original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone was set to last for how long?

3. "Love Me Do" hit what number in the charts?

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

5. Who woke George Martin in the middle of the night, at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. As described at the end of Chapter 5, what embarrassing and untactful conversation did George Martin have with the director of the Scottish Festival of Male Voice Praise?

4. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 6, did the role of a producer change from the 1950s to the time "All You Need Is Ears" was published, in 1979?

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

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

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

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

10. What was George Martin's first job at Parlophone, as described in Chapter 3, and what were his primary duties?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

If George Martin can be said to be the protagonist of his own autobiographical story, who are the main antagonists? How did George Martin overcome obstacles set before him by those antagonists? Did he, or his character, learn and grow as the story progressed?

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