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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Marcus tells that Melville once wrote that a man is only free if he says what?
(a) Help.
(b) Yes.
(c) No.
(d) Mine.

2. To which historical figure does Marcus compare Elvis?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) Stevie Wonder.
(c) Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(d) Richard Nixon.

3. What type of Staggerlee does Sly create in Riot?
(a) The cruelest.
(b) One that regrets his crimes.
(c) The baddest.
(d) One that does not get away.

4. What is Sly Stone's given name?
(a) Sylvester Stewart.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Sylvester Stone.
(d) Stanley Stewart.

5. In the introduction to "Elvis," Marcus claims that Elvis epitomizes what?
(a) The anger of Robert Johnson.
(b) The worst of our culture.
(c) The chaos of Harmonica Frank.
(d) The best of our culture.

6. At the time Riot was made, who was making the decisions about what kind of records would be created?
(a) Artists.
(b) Producers.
(c) Managers.
(d) Musicians.

7. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," whose song was Randy Newman answering in his version of "Suzanne"?
(a) The Beatles.
(b) Robert Johnson.
(c) Leonard Cohen.
(d) The Beach Boys.

8. Staggerlee and Sly Stone are both powerful, but what is different about them?
(a) Sly did not kill anyone to get power.
(b) Sly bought his fame.
(c) Staggerlee had no emotion.
(d) Staggerlee worked his way to the top.

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

10. In "Elvis," Marcus compares Elvis to what character envisioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson?
(a) The King of Rock 'n' Roll.
(b) The elusive King of Soul.
(c) The ubiquitous King.
(d) The transcendental Sun King.

11. Who claims that "every great artist must create for a great audience"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Randy Newman.
(c) The Beatles.
(d) Bob Christgau.

12. Who, according to Marcus, gave Staggerlee the cruelest epitaph?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Eldridge Cleaver.
(d) John Hurt.

13. What did some bullies call Elvis before he was a star and had grown side burns?
(a) Hippie.
(b) Squirrel.
(c) Dog.
(d) Loser.

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

15. In "Elvis," what song does Elvis make his own by changing the story from hopelessness to hope?
(a) "Baby Let's Play House."
(b) "Mystery Train."
(c) "Pink Cadillac."
(d) "Hound Dog. "

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Seale attempt to use as a political threat?

2. The Riot album reveals what image that Sly had for himself?

3. What group did Cleaver and Seale found?

4. In what voice does Newman sing his songs?

5. What was a nickname given to Randy Newman by Lenny Waronker?

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