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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. Staggerlee and Sly Stone are both powerful, but what is different about them?
(a) Staggerlee worked his way to the top.
(b) Sly did not kill anyone to get power.
(c) Staggerlee had no emotion.
(d) Sly bought his fame.

2. Why does Marcus discuss many movies in "Sly Stone"?
(a) They are biographies for Sly Stone.
(b) They are about black people.
(c) Sly Stone made the soundtracks for them.
(d) They all include the Staggerlee myth.

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

4. 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"?
(a) Greil Marcus.
(b) Elvis Presley.
(c) Robbie Robertson.
(d) Randy Newman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Sly Stone's given name?

2. From whom does Marcus quote in the beginning to introduce the myth of Staggerlee in "Sly Stone"?

3. What was on the cover of Riot?

4. According to Marcus, what did Staggerlee represent to the black community?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of risk does Randy Newman make in his music? What risk does he avoid?

2. According to Marcus in "Elvis," what are Elvis Presley's roots?

3. According to Marcus in "Elvis," what was ironic about Elvis' natural, spontaneous appearance and sound in his music?

4. According to Marcus in "Elvis," what racial issues exist with Elvis' music?

5. According to Marcus in "Elvis," in what ways can Elvis be considered a myth?

6. In the section "Sly vs. Superfly," what problems emerge from the black movies being made in the early seventies? How is real life different from the movies?

7. What is the basic plot for the Myth of Staggerlee?

8. Why was "Short People" so controversial? What did this mean for Newman?

9. According to Marcus in "Sly Stone," why did Sly Stone create the album Riot ?

10. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman" what is a shared culture? Why is the shared culture important?

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