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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) Dominique Robertson.
(b) Robert Manuel.
(c) Bob Dylan.
(d) Sly Stone.

2. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," Marcus claims that Phillips was looking for music to do what?
(a) Anger people.
(b) Affirm traditional roles.
(c) Start a revolution.
(d) Confuse things.

3. "Me and the Devil Blues" uses imagery that provokes what emotion?
(a) Desolation.
(b) Hubris.
(c) Lust.
(d) Love.

4. Who said "If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye, and that eye is in the middle of her forehead, you don't keep her in the living room"?
(a) Norman Mailer.
(b) Harmonica Frank.
(c) Erich Segal.
(d) Lyndon Johnson.

5. According to Marcus, what do popular artists do for people?
(a) Isolate them from people who dislike their music.
(b) Take away fear and pain.
(c) Speak for them.
(d) Create a community.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Marcus define a band in "The Band"?

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

3. What does Marcus claim in "The Band" is not community?

4. The Prologue states that Marcus wants to discuss rock 'n' roll in what context?

5. What does Marcus think the performers discussed in the Prologue have in common?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the example of an artist that Greil Marcus uses in the prologue. Who is an artist and why? Why are the other people in the example not artists?

2. Marcus analyzes Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway" in "Robert Johnson -1938." What is the song about and what are the tools that Johnson uses to create the mood?

3. In "Harmonica Frank - 1951," what exactly is the American spirit that Marcus believes Harmonica Frank brought to rock n' roll?

4. 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?

5. According to Marcus in "The Band," who is the storyteller in Big Pink and what is his story?

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

7. Describe Robert Johnson's musical career. How did his contemporaries feel about his abilities? Is his music still relevant?

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

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

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

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