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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. What was the profession of George Martin's father?

2. Early in the Beatles' saga, who was the assistant to Neil Aspinall?

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

4. Who was the sidekick of Jakka the space-boy, a comedic character recorded by George Martin?

5. After his first trip to America, Brian Epstein returned with a song written by which undiscovered composer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is a compressor used in a recording studio?

3. Briefly describe the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comparison of the Beatles and Jesus.

4. 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?

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 opinion of the Beatles talent and potential, upon listening to the demo tapes brought to him by Brian Epstein?

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

8. Why was George Martin gradually disenchanted with EMI by the end of Chapter 3, and what happened when he announced his plan to accept a position elsewhere?

9. How does George Martin compare multi-track recording to a four-layer cake, as described in Chapter 8?

10. How is a click track used in scoring a film?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why does George Martin feel that pop music is not a step down from classical music? Why does he think pop musicians find it easier to succeed in modern times than classical musicians?

Essay Topic 3

Although "All You Need Is Ears" is an autobiography, the technique of foreshadowing is sometimes used by George Martin. For example, Chapters 1 and 2 both end with strong hints of what will happen in Chapter 3: the beginning of George Martin's career in the recording industry. What other examples of foreshadowing occur in the book?

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