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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "Whispering Pines"?
(a) Elvis Presley.
(b) Richard Manuel.
(c) Robbie Robertson.
(d) Robert Levon.

2. What does Marcus claim in "The Band" is not community?
(a) The Band.
(b) Friendship.
(c) America.
(d) Family.

3. How did Robert Johnson die?
(a) Old age.
(b) Drug overdose.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Murdered.

4. In "The Band," Marcus tells that Robbie Robertson believed the "music" came from where?
(a) God.
(b) Within.
(c) The land.
(d) Nowhere.

5. In "The Band," what does Marcus point to as the reason that The Band had the influences of many different bands and yet had an original sound?
(a) They studied under many different bands.
(b) They were musical geniuses.
(c) They were inheritors of rock 'n' roll.
(d) They stole from the best and pieced it together.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Prologue, Marcus says that the music he will discuss dramatizes what?

2. What song does Marcus claim to be "the most menacing piece of rock 'n' roll ever made"?

3. What is American culture built on according to Marcus?

4. With whom did the Band play from 1965 to 1966, helping him and themselves to improve and gain popularity?

5. What "spirit" does Harmonica Frank have that Marcus believes is truly American?

Short Essay Questions

1. There are several dualisms that Marcus identifies the Band reflecting on in "The Righteous Land " section of "The Band." What are two of these dualisms and what aspect of America do they reflect?

2. Describe Harmonica Frank. What did he do? What did he look like? What made him unique?

3. How does Greil Marcus define "artist" in the prologue?

4. According to Marcus in "The Band," why is the story of Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" appealing to all Americans?

5. Just before "The Righteous Land," Marcus quotes from "We Can Talk About It Now." The storyteller in the song tells "there's no need to slave. The whip . . . is in the grave" (53). What type of imagery does this line have and what does it mean?

6. According to Marcus in "Harmonica Frank -1951," why would Lyndon Johnson and Harmonica Frank get along?

7. In the section entitled "The Weight" in "The Band," what does Dominique Robertson have to say about living in Woodstock? What does this say about community?

8. In "Robert Johnson -1938," what common theme does Robert Johnson's music have with music by Eric Clapton?

9. Who is Marcus' audience for Mystery Train and how do you know?

10. In "The Band," what is one philosophical assumption that Marcus makes in the section "The Righteous Land"?

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