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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. According to George Martin in Chapter 4, why is a human voice more interesting than a synthesizer?

3. Who first contacted George Martin in 1962 about a new group called the Beatles, as described in Chapter 7?

4. Who woke George Martin in the middle of the night, at the beginning of Chapter 1?

5. George Martin guesses he was how old when his family got a piano?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did George Martin come to record "At the Drop of a Hat" with Donald Swann and Michael Flanders, and what was unusual about the recording method he used?

2. For the film, "The Family Way", what sort of tune did George Martin ask Paul McCartney to write, and what strategy did he employ when Paul McCartney was slow to comply?

3. What difficulties were presented by John Lennon's request that George Martin fuse together two unique versions of "Strawberry Fields Forever"?

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

5. What sites did George Martin consider for AIR's second studio, a residential complex, and where was it ultimately constructed?

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

7. Relate one anecdote from George Martin's early career at Parlophone, as described in Chapter 3.

8. In the song, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite", how did George Martin achieve his complex hurdy-gurdy effect?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the major achievements of the Beatles, under the wing of George Martin, that make them the most successful and influential band in rock history? What barriers did they break, shocking at the time, that seem perhaps less radical in retrospect?

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

In Chapter 15, George Martin laid out his predictions for the next twenty-five years in music and technology. Most of those predictions have since become reality. Since "All You Need Is Ears" was published in 1979, that twenty-five year span ended in 2004, and the next twenty-five-year span has begun. What predictions might George Martin make for this next quarter century, based on your understanding of his philosophies and knowledge?

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