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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. In Chapter 7, George Martin reflects that what decision cost him millions of pounds?

2. Chapter 4 opens with George Martin's discussion of what, and its relationship to sound and music?

3. Whom does George Martin refer to as his fairy godfather?

4. The title of the book and of Chapter 4 is a pun on what Beatles song?

5. George Martin had trouble plugging "Love Me Do" for what reason, as explained in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What was the danger behind the giggling fits of George Martin and Peter Sellers while recording comedy bits at the studio?

7. What events led to the purchase of Capitol Records by Sir Joseph Lockwood, and what artists did EMI gain as a result of the purchase?

8. Briefly outline George Martin's career experiences before beginning his ultimate career in the recording industry.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How did George Martin's experiences, recording classical artists and comedians at Parlophone, help to prepare him for his most famous role as the Beatles' producer?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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