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. Why did George Martin leave EMI, even though they ultimately agreed to pay him a commission as he requested?

2. What is George Martin's explanation for the song title, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"?

3. In the recording industry, what does the acronym ADT stand for?

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

5. Which Beatles movie was produced with no assistance from George Martin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What inspired the Beatles to present "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as a concept album?

3. 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?

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

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

6. In Chapter 11, George Martin expresses his naivety regarding what activities of the Beatles?

7. 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?

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

9. Briefly describe the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comparison of the Beatles and Jesus.

10. What does George Martin define as the golden treadmill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did George Martin's experiences, recording classical artists and comedians at Parlophone, help to prepare him for his most famous role as the Beatles' producer?

Essay Topic 2

Describe George Martin's complex relationship with Debussy's "L'Après-midi d'une faune." How did the piece enhance his understanding of orchestration?

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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