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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the myth, who did Staggerlee shoot?

2. What motto of Hank Williams' made him similar to Robert Johnson according to Marcus?

3. In "Elvis," what song does Elvis make his own by changing the story from hopelessness to hope?

4. What type of Staggerlee does Sly create in Riot?

5. Where are dreams imprisoned according to Marcus in "Sly Stone"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Sly Stone," how are the first two albums produced by Sly and the Family Stone similar and different?

3. In "Elvis," Marcus discusses the Pink Cadillac as being the downfall of Elvis. What does the Pink Cadillac symbolize and how is it Elvis' downfall?

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

5. According to Marcus in "Sly Stone," how does the music produced by Sly and the Family Stone resemble freedom?

6. In "Randy Newman," does Randy Newman care if he is popular or not?

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

8. Why did Marcus entitle a section "Mystery Train" in "Elvis"? Why is this also the title of the book?

9. In "Elvis," what is Elvis' "Rockabilly Moment" (141)?

10. According to Marcus in "Randy Newman," what is important about the Beach Boys? (101)

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rock 'n' roll always has its ties to race and it both enriches the music and hinders it. Pick one artist who dealt with race issues in his music (any of the artists discussed in Mystery Train do). In an essay identify what the racial tensions of the time were and how they factored into the music.

Essay Topic 2

Marcus stakes a claim that Elvis Presley is one of a kind and could not be easily replaced. What is unique about Elvis Presley? How does he succeed where other failed? Why is Elvis able to stay at the top when other more seasoned artists fall off the charts and out of mind after getting their break?

Essay Topic 3

Harmonica Frank once compared himself to Elvis Presley and claimed to be the actual originator of rock 'n' roll. However, Elvis popularized the style which is why he often gets the credit. In an essay compare and contrast the lives, styles, and careers of Harmonica Frank and Elvis Presley.

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