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 2, what was the great challenge faced by classical composers in the late twentieth century?

2. While George Martin's main instrument was the piano, what was his second instrument at music school?

3. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?

4. As explained in Chapter 4, what is the normal range of hearing for humans?

5. Who are the two children of George Martin and Sheena?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whom does George Martin consider to be his fairy godfather, and how did the two meet?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 1, why did the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, call George Martin?

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

5. How does George Martin describe the collaborative writing style of John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

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

7. Why does George Martin value the inability of the human voice to stay completely in tune?

8. Briefly describe George Martin's first meeting with the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, in 1962.

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

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 creative techniques, employed by George Martin and the Beatles, caused "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to be regarded by many as the best album of all time?

Essay Topic 2

What is the main theme or themes of "All You Need Is Ears"? Is it possible for an autobiography to have a cohesive theme, without some scheming, omissions, and altering of facts by the author?

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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