Flashback: A Brief History of Film Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Flashback: A Brief History of Film Chapters 5-8.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?
(a) Alexander Korda.
(b) John Grierson.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) Orson Welles.

2. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?
(a) Moving Era.
(b) Silent Era.
(c) Nickelodean Era.
(d) Golden Era.

3. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?
(a) Comedy duos.
(b) Dance numbers.
(c) Advanced lighting techniques.
(d) Sexual innuendo.

4. What aspect of the newly-heard dialogue in the Golden Age made audiences uneasy?
(a) The accents of foreign stars.
(b) Sexual innuendo.
(c) The strange voices of previously-silent stars.
(d) The political aspects.

5. Why did the independent filmmakers head for California while the Patent Company existed?
(a) California promised the filmmakers they could work without taxes.
(b) Griffith held a grudge against Laemmle.
(c) A wealth of talent was discovered in California.
(d) They were not legally allowed to make films without the Patent Company.

Short Answer Questions

1. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?

2. For what company did Griffith work?

3. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?

4. What studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?

5. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?

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