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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Elvis - Presliad (Comprising sections Fanfare through The Rockabilly Moment).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whom did Bob Dylan claim was "America's greatest poet"?
(a) Smokey Robinson.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Bob Dylan.
(d) Randy Newman.

2. Who said "when I was a boy . . . I was the hero in comic books and movies. I grew up believing in a dream"?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Johnny Cash.
(c) Greil Marcus.
(d) Hank Williams.

3. When referencing the South, who said "it's the only place in the country I've ever been where you can actually drive down the highway at night, and if you listen, you hear music"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Robbie Robertson.
(d) Randy Newman.

4. In what song does Sly Stone mock his own song "Thank you falettinme be mice elf Agin"?
(a) "Bonnie and Clyde."
(b) "Thank you for talkin' to me Africa."
(c) "Africa Talks to You 'The Asphalt Jungle.'"
(d) "Blowin Your Mind."

5. What author does Marcus quote in the beginning of "Robert Johnson -1938" to illustrate the promise of American life?
(a) Robert Johnson.
(b) Norman Mailer.
(c) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(d) Herman Melville.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the introduction to "Elvis," Marcus claims that Elvis epitomizes what?

2. What did Sly Stone call his band?

3. What literary figure does Marcus allude to in "Sly Stone" when identifying how Sly speaks in the music?

4. What does Marcus say failure mean to Americans in "Robert Johnson -1938"?

5. What song of Elvis Presley's is mentioned as having the "young hold on freedom" and a "touch of fear" reminiscent to Robert Johnson's?

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