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Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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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. What is the name of The Band's third album?
(a) Big Pink.
(b) Dixie.
(c) Stage Fright.
(d) Dirty Dozen.

2. Which of the following performers will NOT be discussed in Mystery Train?
(a) Sly Stone.
(b) Chuck Berry.
(c) Randy Newman.
(d) Elvis Presley.

3. From what song does Marcus quote to introduce the chapter "Robert Johnson -1938"?
(a) "Love in Vain."
(b) "Me and the Devil Blues."
(c) "All Shook Up."
(d) "Rip It Up."

4. According to Marcus, what was country music doing in the early 50s?
(a) Making people think.
(b) Changing their lives.
(c) Boring them.
(d) Making people feel better.

5. What was Johnson's instrument of choice?
(a) Harmonica.
(b) Guitar.
(c) Piano.
(d) Saxophone.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Why Are We in Vietnam?

2. According to Marcus, what is the affirmation that sums up The Band?

3. What is the "old American idea" that the worried man is stuck in according to Marcus?

4. In "Harmonica Frank -1951," Marcus claims that Phillips was looking for music to do what?

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

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

3. According to Marcus in the introduction to "The Band," what message did The Band send to its audience?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

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