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. Who was the first president of the London Baroque Society?

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

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

4. As explained by George Martin in Chapter 2, how is orchestration different from composition?

5. Before George Martin joined the Fleet Air Arm he worked briefly at what occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances that led George Martin to marry his first wife, Sheena, and the tragedy, which occurred shortly thereafter.

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

9. What was George Martin's opinion of the Beatles talent and potential, upon listening to the demo tapes brought to him by Brian Epstein?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the phenomenon, as explained by George Martin in Chapter 6, of two stereo speakers creating the illusion of sound emanating from a central point, in addition to the left and right. How did he use this phenomenon to its best advantage in his recordings?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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