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

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Multiple Choice 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"?
(a) Woodrow Wilson.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Greil Marcus.
(d) Abraham Lincoln.

2. What political group does Marcus compare to Sly Stone's music in "Sly Stone"?
(a) Fundamentalists.
(b) Democrats.
(c) Republicans.
(d) Black Panthers.

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

4. What did Seale attempt to use as a political threat?
(a) Petitions.
(b) Peaceful marches.
(c) Criminal violence.
(d) The judicial system.

5. In what song does Sly Stone mock his own song "Thank you falettinme be mice elf Agin"?
(a) "Thank you for talkin' to me Africa."
(b) "Africa Talks to You 'The Asphalt Jungle.'"
(c) "Blowin Your Mind."
(d) "Bonnie and Clyde."

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

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

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

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

10. Who said "when I was a boy . . . I was the hero in comic books and movies. I grew up believing in a dream"?
(a) Hank Williams.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Greil Marcus.
(d) Johnny Cash.

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

12. According to Marcus in "Elvis," what was the public unsure about when Elvis' music first came out?
(a) If he was country or rock 'n' roll.
(b) How to listen to him.
(c) If he was black or white.
(d) What the music was about.

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

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

15. Who sang "I tried and I failed / And I feel like going home" (154)?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Hank Williams.
(c) Carl Perkins.
(d) Charlie Rich.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

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

3. What archetype does Newman represent?

4. What was the original name of the style that Elvis sang?

5. What is Sly Stone's given name?

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