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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What controversial topics are addressed in Randy Newman's song "Sail Away"?
(a) Money and race.
(b) Power and politics.
(c) Slavery and the American dream.
(d) Art and realism.

2. What church did Elvis attend as a boy?
(a) Assembly of God.
(b) Seven Day Adventist.
(c) He did not go to church.
(d) Christ the King.

3. Who wrote "There's a mickie in the tastin' of disaster" (90)?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Greil Marcus.
(c) Leslie Fiedler.
(d) Frank Kermode.

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

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

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

7. Why does Marcus discuss many movies in "Sly Stone"?
(a) They all include the Staggerlee myth.
(b) They are about black people.
(c) They are biographies for Sly Stone.
(d) Sly Stone made the soundtracks for them.

8. In "Elvis," what song does Marcus use to illustrate the work Elvis puts into his music?
(a) "Hound Dog."
(b) "Good Rockin."
(c) "Boy Who Stole the Blues."
(d) "Milkcow Blues Boogie."

9. What does Marcus point out as valuable in the Beach Boys music?
(a) It is truthful.
(b) It criticizes mainstream society.
(c) It reflects everyday people.
(d) It is poetic.

10. Where are dreams imprisoned according to Marcus in "Sly Stone"?
(a) The mind.
(b) Politics.
(c) The music.
(d) They cannot be imprisoned.

11. What song by Randy Newman was a satire on bigotry?
(a) "God's Song."
(b) "Suzanne."
(c) "Davy the Fat Boy."
(d) "Short People."

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

13. 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) Abraham Lincoln.
(d) Woodrow Wilson.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Elvis' mother?

2. 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"?

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

4. What type of audience does Marcus believe Randy Newman attracts?

5. Who wrote "Papa Was a Rolling Stone?'

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