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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following performers will NOT be discussed in Mystery Train?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Randy Newman.
(c) Elvis Presley.
(d) Chuck Berry.

2. Who wrote the song entitled "Layla"?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Eric Clapton.
(c) Robert Johnson.
(d) Mick Jagger.

3. With whom is Carmen walking in the song "To Kingdom Come"?
(a) Robbie Robertson.
(b) Robert Johnson.
(c) The worried man.
(d) The devil.

4. According to the Prologue, why are Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson included in Mystery Train?
(a) They were against rock 'n' roll.
(b) They taught the rock 'n' roll legends.
(c) They preceded rock 'n' roll.
(d) They are rock 'n' roll legends.

5. According to Marcus in "Robert Johnson -1938," what gives music "mythical authority"?
(a) When the singer uses a deeper tenor.
(b) When the music tells a story.
(c) When the songs attract fans.
(d) When the music reflects life.

6. Who wrote "Whispering Pines"?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Robbie Robertson.
(c) Robert Levon.
(d) Richard Manuel.

7. In "The Band," what does Marcus point to as the reason that The Band had the influences of many different bands and yet had an original sound?
(a) They were musical geniuses.
(b) They studied under many different bands.
(c) They stole from the best and pieced it together.
(d) They were inheritors of rock 'n' roll.

8. Who sang "Fool about mah money/don't try to save"?
(a) Harmonica Frank.
(b) Sam Phillips.
(c) Elvis Presley.
(d) Little Richard.

9. According to Marcus in "Robert Johnson -1938," what is the American struggle?
(a) To get rich quick.
(b) To free oneself from constraints and learn the value of those limits.
(c) To be the best and not hurt others.
(d) To be an artist and not lose oneself.

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

11. The Prologue states that Marcus wants to discuss rock 'n' roll in what context?
(a) As youth culture.
(b) As a counterculture.
(c) As American culture.
(d) As music in general.

12. Who says "Instead of throwing a knapsack over your back and getting out on the highway, to learn about life, we were able to do it together. We were protected by one another"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Robert Manuel.
(c) Robbie Robertson.
(d) Bobby Bland.

13. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," what song does Marcus say "set the stage for rock 'n' roll"?
(a) "Mixed-Up Confusion."
(b) "Howling Tomcat."
(c) "Rockin' Chair Daddy."
(d) "Up on Cripple Creek."

14. What type of art does Marcus think rock 'n' roll is?
(a) Democratic.
(b) Modern.
(c) Classic.
(d) Republican.

15. According to Marcus in "The Band," what message did The Band originally try to get across?
(a) Beauty can come from terror.
(b) America has possibilities no one has seen yet.
(c) America is a disappointment.
(d) You cannot win when everything is against you.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is added in the middle of the chapter "Harmonica Frank -1951," set off with a note from the author?

3. What is the subject of Robert Johnson's song "Stones in My Passway"?

4. The song "We Can Talk About It Now" creates what kind of image?

5. According to Marcus in "Robert Johnson -1938," what is the only way to quiet Johnson's song "Stones in My Passway"?

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