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

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What two lines from an Elvis song does Marcus claim are the most perfect lines in blues?
(a) "I tried and I failed / And I feel like going home" (154).
(b) "If you don't believe I'm leavin' / You can count the days I'm gone" (152).
(c) "I'm gonna quit my crying / I'm gonna leave you alone" (152).
(d) "That's All Right" and "My Baby Left Me" (155).

3. At the time Riot was made, who was making the decisions about what kind of records would be created?
(a) Artists.
(b) Musicians.
(c) Producers.
(d) Managers.

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

5. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," why does Newman lack a large audience for most of his early carrier?
(a) He lacks talent.
(b) Critics loved him.
(c) Critics hated him.
(d) He does not try.

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

7. 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) Randy Newman.
(b) Rod Stewart.
(c) Van Morrison.
(d) John Lennon.

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

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

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

11. Where does the line "They're animals anyway . . . let them lose their souls" come from?
(a) Trouble Man.
(b) Hit Man.
(c) The Godfather.
(d) Cleopatra Jones.

12. What single did Sly release that was the "most optimistic of all"?
(a) "Everybody is a Star."
(b) "Stand!"
(c) "Dance to the Music."
(d) "Riot."

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The Riot album reveals what image that Sly had for himself?

2. Whom did Bob Dylan claim was "America's greatest poet"?

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

4. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," what is the number one democratic desire?

5. What did RCA first present Elvis as?

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