All You Need Is Ears Test | Final Test - Hard

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. The "Yellow Submarine" story was written by Erich Segal, who later found fame with what novel-turned-film?

2. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the fourth layer in a four-track recording?

3. In what year did George Martin receive the Britannia Award for being the top British record producer of the past twenty-five years?

4. What does George Martin describe as one of his biggest hurts, during the Pepper era?

5. Which group of painters is George Martin's favorite?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which is the only Beatles film not scored by George Martin, and why?

2. Discuss two innovations predicted by George Martin in Chapter 15 that have since become reality.

3. What is George Martin's explanation for the song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", contrary to the popular theory that the song is about LSD?

4. As explained in Chapter 13, how does George Martin respond when asked how to become a successful record producer?

5. How did Capitol Records come to take on the Beatles' records, even though they resisted at first?

6. What album does George Martin consider to be the classic example of what can be achieved by a talented amateur with multi-track equipment?

7. Under what circumstances did the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, die?

8. What, according to George Martin, is the best way to orchestrate for strings?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did George Martin's fairy godfather, Sidney Harrison, prove to be a major, recurring influence in his life?

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

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?

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