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

2. During the Beatles' first trip to America, why did Alan Livingston attempt to keep George Martin away from press conferences and the limelight?

3. In Chapter 12, what does George Martin refer to as a "golden treadmill?"

4. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?

5. Which Beatles associate died from an accidental overdose in August 1967?

Short Essay Questions

1. What aspects of Dick Lester's direction does George Martin most admire, in the Beatles' film, "A Hard Day's Night"?

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

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

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

5. Briefly summarize George Martin's predictions for the future, as of 1979, regarding the use of digital recording.

6. Why, as described in Chapter 10, did George Martin become increasingly frustrated with EMI?

7. What was the first film scored by George Martin, and why does he refer to the process as a nightmare?

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

9. What sorts of diversions did the Beatles create, in order to get in and out of their hotel rooms in the U.S.?

10. Why did the creators of the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die", want someone other than songwriter Paul McCartney to sing the title song?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Although "All You Need Is Ears" is an autobiography, the technique of foreshadowing is sometimes used by George Martin. For example, Chapters 1 and 2 both end with strong hints of what will happen in Chapter 3: the beginning of George Martin's career in the recording industry. What other examples of foreshadowing occur in the book?

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