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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 cause of death of George Martin's mother?

2. In Chapter 1, George Martin mentioned his membership in what dramatic group?

3. Who was the manager of the Beatles in 1962?

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

5. The Beatles first signed with which publisher in America?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were George Martin's early life experiences with the piano and performing in general?

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

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

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

6. How does George Martin describe the collaborative writing style of John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

7. How does George Martin compare the nature of singer/songwriters in the 1950s, when he started at Parlophone, with the situation in 1979, when "All You Need Is Ears" was published?

8. Why did George Martin have trouble plugging "Love Me Do", which only reached number 17 on the charts?

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

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

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

What are the highlights and lowlights of George Martin's childhood, living in a modest flat and having limited access to formal musical training?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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