Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What literary figure does Marcus allude to in "Sly Stone" when identifying how Sly speaks in the music?
(a) Starbuck.
(b) Frodo.
(c) Ahab.
(d) Golem.

2. What single did Sly release that was the "most optimistic of all"?
(a) "Everybody is a Star."
(b) "Stand!"
(c) "Riot."
(d) "Dance to the Music."

3. From whom does Marcus quote in the beginning to introduce the myth of Staggerlee in "Sly Stone"?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Bobby Seale.
(c) James Brown.
(d) Billy Lyon.

4. In what song does Sly Stone mock his own song "Thank you falettinme be mice elf Agin"?
(a) "Bonnie and Clyde."
(b) "Blowin Your Mind."
(c) "Africa Talks to You 'The Asphalt Jungle.'"
(d) "Thank you for talkin' to me Africa."

5. Curtis Mayfield's songs in <i>Superfly</i> were meant to be what according to Marcus?
(a) Superficial.
(b) Parody.
(c) Legendary.
(d) Direct.

6. Who sang "I tried and I failed / And I feel like going home" (154)?
(a) Charlie Rich.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Carl Perkins.
(d) Hank Williams.

7. Who said "This is the mystery of democracy . . . that its richest fruits spring up out of souls which no man has prepared and in circumstances where they are least expected"?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) Woodrow Wilson.
(c) Elvis Presley.
(d) Greil Marcus.

8. What is the name of Randy Newman's album that finally gained him a larger audience?
(a) <i>The Godfather</i>.
(b) <i>Sail Away</i>.
(c) <i>Sunny Afternoon</i>.
(d) <i>Good Old Boys</i>.

9. Who wrote "Little Wing"?
(a) Jimmy Hendrix.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Neil Young.
(d) Bob Dylan.

10. What is the name of Elvis' mother?
(a) Lisa Presley.
(b) Gladys Presley.
(c) Helen Preston.
(d) Lydia Preston.

11. According to Marcus, who is the focus in the song "Sail Away"?
(a) The listener.
(b) The confidence man.
(c) The Africans.
(d) The slaves.

12. Who said "if I couldn't perform I'd give up . . . It's not a question of the money side of it. . . not having that ninety minutes up there anymore. Phew. I don't like to think about it"?
(a) Van Morrison.
(b) Randy Newman.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) Rod Stewart.

13. According to Marcus, what did Staggerlee represent to the black community?
(a) Hope.
(b) Death.
(c) Corruption.
(d) Freedom.

14. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," what is the number one democratic desire?
(a) Family and love.
(b) Revenge and redemption.
(c) Home.
(d) Wealth and fame.

15. Who said "when I was a boy . . . I was the hero in comic books and movies. I grew up believing in a dream"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Johnny Cash.
(d) Hank Williams.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was on the cover of <i>Riot</i>?

2. What literary term does Marcus identify with the line "When he died, all he left us was alone"?

3. Marcus believes that "There's a Riot Goin' On" is an example of what?

4. According to Marcus in "Sly Stone," what two words make the song "Poet" poetry?

5. What does Leslie Fielder call the Beatles in "Randy Newman"?

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