Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Harmonica Frank - 1951.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the Prologue, Marcus says that the music he will discuss dramatizes what?
(a) What it means to be American.
(b) The war.
(c) The racial tensions of the time.
(d) Life in the projects.

2. Who said "I played rock and roll before I ever heard of Elvis Presley. I saw him in Memphis before he ever made a record"?
(a) Bob Dylan.
(b) Harmonica Frank.
(c) Sam Phillips.
(d) Little Richard.

3. According to Marcus in "Harmonica Frank -1951," whose music caught the spirit and sound of Harmonica Frank and made it popular?
(a) Sam Phillips.
(b) Little Richard.
(c) Bob Dylan.
(d) Elvis Presley.

4. Who interrupts the fight over the book in the Prologue?
(a) Rita Moreno.
(b) Erich Segal.
(c) John Simon.
(d) Little Richard.

5. Who does Marcus compare Phillips to in the beginning of "Harmonica Frank - 1951"?
(a) Huck Finn.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Harmonica Frank.
(d) Starbuck.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," who is the "latest Ahab"?

2. Who wrote the book discussed in the Prologue?

3. How did Marcus feel when Elvis was drafted?

4. Why does Marcus believe it is important to study the stories of some performers even if the book does not encompass everything?

5. Whom does Marcus claim puts the pieces together to find meaning in the music?

(see the answer key)

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