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

2. What sort of horn is featured in the Beatles song, "Penny Lane"?

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

4. How much were the Beatles to receive per record in royalties, per their original contract with Parlophone?

5. Who recommended George Martin for the job at Abbey Road, as cited early in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How did the Beatles come to change drummers before achieving success and fame, letting Pete Best go in favor of Ringo Starr?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How does George Martin string together the various periods of his life, both professional and personal, and how does he interweave more technical discussions about music, architecture, filmmaking, and technology? Chapter by chapter, how does the book flow to create a cohesive autobiography?

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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