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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. What was the name of George Martin's first band?

2. According to Chapter 2, what was George Martin's first real love in music?

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

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

5. During the original contract between the Beatles and Parlophone, how many titles were the Beatles expected to record?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What were George Martin's first impressions of the Beatles when he met them for the first time at Abbey Road?

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

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

7. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what were George Martin's criticisms of what he described as a lovely villa in Portugal?

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

9. What is the strong warning behind George Martin's pun on a Beatles song, "All You Need Is Ears"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does George Martin use the opening sequence in Chapter 1, featuring himself, the Beatles, and Brian Epstein in Paris, to lay the groundwork for their personalities and their relationships?

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

Discuss George Martin's choices, regarding what to include and what to exclude from "All You Need Is Ears". For example, he includes a lengthy description, in Chapter 5, about how he destroyed EMI's relationship with a lesser-known artist, the conductor of The Scottish Festival of Male Voice Praise, and yet he makes no mention of the milestone event, the breakup of the Beatles.

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