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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does Marcus quote to introduce the chapter "Randy Newman"?
(a) Robert Johnson.
(b) Sly Stone.
(c) Raymond Chandler.
(d) Randy Newman.

4. According to the myth, who did Staggerlee shoot?
(a) Himself.
(b) Leroy Brown.
(c) A stranger.
(d) Billy the Lion.

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

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

7. What did RCA first present Elvis as?
(a) A country singer.
(b) A folksinger.
(c) A hillbilly.
(d) The boy next door.

8. When referencing the South, who said "it's the only place in the country I've ever been where you can actually drive down the highway at night, and if you listen, you hear music"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Randy Newman.
(c) Robbie Robertson.
(d) Elvis Presley.

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

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

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

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

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

14. According to Marcus in "Sly Stone," what is the spirit behind Riot?
(a) Black self-criticism.
(b) African pride.
(c) White self-criticism.
(d) American pride.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did some bullies call Elvis before he was a star and had grown side burns?

2. What type of Staggerlee does Sly create in Riot?

3. What archetype does Newman represent?

4. Why did people riot at Sly Stone concerts in the 70s?

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

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