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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 did Marcus speak with while in Woodstock to interview Robbie Robertson?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Dominique Robertson.
(c) Robert Manuel.
(d) Bob Dylan.

2. What does Marcus name the storyteller from The Band's lyrics?
(a) Bob.
(b) The knight.
(c) Big Pink.
(d) The worried man.

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

4. From what feeling does Robert Johnson pull his images?
(a) Hope.
(b) Fear.
(c) Anger.
(d) Desolation.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," what song does Marcus say "set the stage for rock 'n' roll"?

3. According to the Prologue, why are Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson included in Mystery Train?

4. What was the original name of the Band in the early sixties?

5. What song of Elvis Presley's is mentioned as having the "young hold on freedom" and a "touch of fear" reminiscent to Robert Johnson's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might "The Band" be subtitled "Pilgrim's Progress"?

2. Compare and contrast Ahab and Huck using Marcus' descriptions from "Harmonica Frank - 1951." How are they different? How are they similar?

3. 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?

4. What imagery does Robert Johnson often use in his music? What do these images convey?

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. According to Marcus in "The Band," how are Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson relevant to The Band?

9. What type of music was Sam Phillips attempting to find and why?

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

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