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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Rod Stewart.
(d) John Lennon.

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

3. What car did Elvis both buy and sing about?
(a) A red Ferrari.
(b) A white limousine.
(c) A blue truck.
(d) A pink Cadillac.

4. Who wrote "Papa Was a Rolling Stone?'
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Jimmy Hendrix.
(c) Bob Dylan.
(d) The Temptations.

5. What was Elvis called in the beginning of his career?
(a) Hillbilly Cat.
(b) A good 'ole boy.
(c) Bilbo.
(d) The King.

6. What is the mood in the Riot album?
(a) Anger.
(b) Oppression.
(c) Hope.
(d) Joy.

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

8. Why was Newman's choice of voice "dangerous"?
(a) Audiences are too critical.
(b) It was confusing.
(c) It alienated people.
(d) Audiences are too literal.

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

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

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

12. What was the original name of the style that Elvis sang?
(a) Country.
(b) Rockabilly.
(c) Rhythm and Blues.
(d) Rock 'n' Roll.

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

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

15. What does Leslie Fielder call the Beatles in "Randy Newman"?
(a) Imaginary Americans.
(b) Pop stars.
(c) Democrats.
(d) Ancestors.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the line "They're animals anyway . . . let them lose their souls" come from?

2. In "Elvis," Marcus compares Elvis to what character envisioned by Ralph Waldo Emerson?

3. Who does Marcus quote to introduce the chapter "Randy Newman"?

4. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," why does Newman lack a large audience for most of his early carrier?

5. What church did Elvis attend as a boy?

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