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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Marcus in "The Band," what is the storyteller in the second album?
(a) Settler.
(b) Murderer.
(c) Jokester.
(d) Farmer.

2. What is the name of The Band's third album?
(a) Stage Fright.
(b) Dixie.
(c) Big Pink.
(d) Dirty Dozen.

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

4. Whom does Marcus claim puts the pieces together to find meaning in the music?
(a) The audience.
(b) The critic.
(c) Artists.
(d) Rock 'n' rollers.

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

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

7. What song does Marcus claim is Robert Johnson's most terrifying song?
(a) "Stones in My Passway."
(b) "Me and the Devil Blues."
(c) "Come on in My Kitchen."
(d) "Walking Blues."

8. What does Marcus say failure mean to Americans in "Robert Johnson -1938"?
(a) Despair.
(b) Betrayal.
(c) Opportunity.
(d) Loss.

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

10. What was the original name of the Band in the early sixties?
(a) The Beatles.
(b) The Hawks.
(c) Robbie and the Rockers.
(d) The Bush Beaters.

11. In "The Band," what is Marcus' "sentimental favorite" American motto?
(a) "Give me liberty or give me death."
(b) "We must all hang together, or we shall all hang separately."
(c) "Peace."
(d) "Don't tread on me."

12. What magazine had an article "measuring Richard Manuel for a straight-jacket" (62)?
(a) Rolling Stones.
(b) Playboy.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) Time.

13. In "The Band," Marcus tells that Robbie Robertson believed the "music" came from where?
(a) Within.
(b) The land.
(c) Nowhere.
(d) God.

14. Who said "If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye, and that eye is in the middle of her forehead, you don't keep her in the living room"?
(a) Harmonica Frank.
(b) Norman Mailer.
(c) Erich Segal.
(d) Lyndon Johnson.

15. How does Marcus define a band in "The Band"?
(a) Individuals playing music together.
(b) A group of people who have been together for a long time.
(c) Individuals working together to achieve something they cannot on their own.
(d) A singer, a drummer, and at least one guitarist.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Marcus in "Robert Johnson -1938," what is the American struggle?

3. What does Marcus name the storyteller from The Band's lyrics?

4. In "The Band," Marcus tells that groups are images of what?

5. In "The Band," what problem does Marcus reveal about The Band's sense of community?

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