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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 stole from the best and pieced it together.
(c) They studied under many different bands.
(d) They were inheritors of rock 'n' roll.

2. What is ironic about rock 'n' roll and democracy?
(a) They demand work and play.
(b) Neither works in a specific way.
(c) They are both individual and a community.
(d) Each asks people to be something better than they are.

3. What does Marcus claim in "The Band" is not community?
(a) Family.
(b) America.
(c) The Band.
(d) Friendship.

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

5. According to the critics Marcus references in "The Band," who was Robbie Robertson's "foil"?
(a) The manager.
(b) The audience.
(c) Robert Manuel.
(d) The Band.

6. According to Marcus, what was country music doing in the early 50s?
(a) Making people feel better.
(b) Making people think.
(c) Boring them.
(d) Changing their lives.

7. Why does Marcus believe it is important to study the stories of some performers even if the book does not encompass everything?
(a) It is a glimpse of the future.
(b) It is fun.
(c) The truth needs to be told.
(d) The story matters.

8. Who wrote: "You run without moving from a terror in which you cannot believe"?
(a) Robert Johnson.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) William Faulkner.
(d) Greil Marcus.

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

10. What "spirit" does Harmonica Frank have that Marcus believes is truly American?
(a) Unrepentant and free.
(b) Tender and free.
(c) Cruel and truthful.
(d) Crazy and chaotic.

11. What does Marcus say each performer he will discuss in the book attempts to do?
(a) Entertain.
(b) Make music for money.
(c) Create oneself.
(d) Redefine love.

12. Who wrote the book discussed in the Prologue?
(a) Irwin Shaw.
(b) John Steinbeck.
(c) Erich Segal.
(d) Nicholas Sparks.

13. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," Marcus claims that Phillips was looking for music to do what?
(a) Confuse things.
(b) Start a revolution.
(c) Anger people.
(d) Affirm traditional roles.

14. Who is the main character in the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"?
(a) Robbie Robertson.
(b) Robert Levon.
(c) Robert E. Lee.
(d) Virgil Kane.

15. Who wrote Why Are We in Vietnam?
(a) Harmonica Frank.
(b) Erich Segal.
(c) Norman Mailer.
(d) Lyndon Johnson.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of The Band's second album?

2. Four of the members from The Band are from where?

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

4. What song does Marcus claim is Robert Johnson's most terrifying song?

5. Who said "I learned the words to Little Richard's songs the best I could and what I couldn't figure out didn't matter"?

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