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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What motto of Hank Williams' made him similar to Robert Johnson according to Marcus?
(a) Life goes on.
(b) The end is near.
(c) Nothing really matters.
(d) What life doesn't give me, I'll take.

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

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

4. Why did people riot at Sly Stone concerts in the 70s?
(a) The police showed up and made racial slurs.
(b) Sly showed up late or not at all.
(c) Sly sold out.
(d) His music provoked angry emotions.

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

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

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

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

9. What did Sly Stone call his band?
(a) The Family.
(b) The Stones.
(c) The Band.
(d) Sly's Guys.

10. According to Marcus in "Elvis," why does Elvis NOT owe blacks anything?
(a) He made the music his own.
(b) The music was a throwaway.
(c) They gave the style away freely.
(d) They did not copyright the style.

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

12. Who wrote "Hound Dog"?
(a) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
(b) Carl Perkins.
(c) Elvis Presley.
(d) Robert Johnson.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

2. What does Marcus point out as valuable in the Beach Boys music?

3. According to Marcus in "Elvis," what was the public unsure about when Elvis' music first came out?

4. According to Marcus, who is the focus in the song "Sail Away"?

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

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