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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "obviously, it is easier to kill than to create" (95)?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Greil Marcus.
(c) Nietszche.
(d) Josef von Sternberg.

2. According to Marcus, what does Elvis symbolize?
(a) Selfishness.
(b) The American dream realized.
(c) Faith.
(d) The beginning of something new.

3. Why did political activist, Eldridge Cleaver, not want to go to jail?
(a) He was afraid to be the next Billy Lyons.
(b) He did not want to lose his friends.
(c) He loved freedom too much.
(d) He was innocent.

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

5. According to Marcus in "Sly Stone," what two words make the song "Poet" poetry?
(a) Run and stop.
(b) Grinnin and chasin.
(c) Begin and start.
(d) Devil and bullets.

6. 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) Hank Williams.
(d) Johnny Cash.

7. Who wrote "We needed . . . to be violently stirred into life . . . intolerable social constraints grew daily upon us"?
(a) Frank Kermode.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Greil Marcus.
(d) Leslie Fiedler.

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

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

10. What was on the cover of <i>Riot</i>?
(a) An American flag with flowers for stars.
(b) Water.
(c) Sly wearing a zoot suit.
(d) A gun.

11. 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) Greil Marcus.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Woodrow Wilson.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

12. How many people came to see Elvis open a shopping center after he produced only one record?
(a) 10,000.
(b) 30.
(c) 100.
(d) 3,000.

13. What literary term does Marcus identify with the line "When he died, all he left us was alone"?
(a) Theme.
(b) Enigma.
(c) Moral.
(d) Epitaph.

14. What Randy Newman song does Marcus claim suggests that the we are being laughed at and life is a joke?
(a) "Burn On."
(b) "Suzanne."
(c) "God's Song."
(d) "Short People."

15. Marcus believes that "There's a Riot Goin' On" is an example of what?
(a) Temptation.
(b) Rebellion.
(c) Mythical.
(d) A folk tale.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "Hound Dog"?

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

3. What literary figure does Marcus allude to in "Sly Stone" when identifying how Sly speaks in the music?

4. What car did Elvis both buy and sing about?

5. According to Marcus, what did Staggerlee represent to the black community?

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