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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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"?
(a) Ronnie Hawkins.
(b) Robbie Robertson.
(c) Bo Diddley.
(d) Bob Dylan.

3. What is American culture built on according to Marcus?
(a) Deception.
(b) Myths.
(c) Careers.
(d) History.

4. What happened the first day of The Band's first concert after releasing The Band?
(a) They played their best performance.
(b) They invented crowd surfing.
(c) They got stage fright.
(d) They broke up.

5. What does Marcus name the storyteller from The Band's lyrics?
(a) The worried man.
(b) The knight.
(c) Big Pink.
(d) Bob.

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

7. 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) Sam Phillips.
(b) Harmonica Frank.
(c) Little Richard.
(d) Bob Dylan.

8. According to Marcus, what problem does the storyteller of Stage Fright face?
(a) He cannot find home.
(b) He resents his success.
(c) He has lost his love.
(d) No one helps him when he reaches out.

9. In the section "Even Stranger Blues," to what does Marcus compare Robbie's guitar sound?
(a) Cats on the fence.
(b) Jim Brown's performance in The Dirty Dozen.
(c) A car screeching to a halt.
(d) Chuck Berry's performance at the Grand.

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

11. In "The Band," what problem does Marcus reveal about The Band's sense of community?
(a) They struggle to live in it.
(b) They are isolationists.
(c) They lose themselves in each other.
(d) They had a false sense of community.

12. From what feeling does Robert Johnson pull his images?
(a) Anger.
(b) Desolation.
(c) Hope.
(d) Fear.

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

14. Four of the members from The Band are from where?
(a) Arkansas.
(b) Canada.
(c) Australia.
(d) North Carolina.

15. What album does Marcus say belongs to Richard Manuel in "The Band?
(a) Moondog Matinee.
(b) Share Your Love.
(c) Dixie.
(d) The Weight.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Marcus in "Harmonica Frank -1951," what do both Ahab and Huck have in common?

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

4. Which of the following performers will NOT be discussed in Mystery Train?

5. According to Marcus in "Robert Johnson -1938," what gives music "mythical authority"?

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