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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What style of art influenced Alfred Hitchcock the most, particularly in his early work?
(a) Brechtian.
(b) Theater of Cruelty.
(c) Expressionism.
(d) Theater of the Absurd.

3. In what style did the French produce their films?
(a) Absurd.
(b) Historical.
(c) Tragedy.
(d) Horror.

4. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?
(a) They had to stay within their budget.
(b) They had to work subliminal advertising into their films.
(c) They could only use one "star" at a time.
(d) They were not allowed to take a bigger cut of the movie's profits than the actors.

5. For what company did Griffith work?
(a) Paramount.
(b) Biograph.
(c) Lamont.
(d) Fields Inc.

6. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1899.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1894.

7. Which company became renowned for their animation in the early years of World War II?
(a) RKO.
(b) MGM.
(c) Disney.
(d) Warner Bros.

8. Which of the following was not one of the the Big Five studios in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Paramount.
(b) Universal.
(c) RKO.
(d) Warner Bros.

9. Which of the following was not one of the main focuses of the film-making committees in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Stars.
(b) Studios
(c) Story.
(d) Genres.

10. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?
(a) One week.
(b) One month.
(c) One year.
(d) One day.

11. Filmmaker Jean Renoir was the son of what influential artist?
(a) Marcel LeFever Renoir.
(b) Pierre Auguste Renoir.
(c) Vincente Renoir.
(d) Jean Renoir I.

12. Which director, during America in the 1940s, became renowned for film adaptations of literature?
(a) Orson Welles.
(b) John Huston.
(c) Billy Wilder.
(d) Preston Sturges.

13. Through what did Jean Louis Meissonier project Muybridge's work?
(a) Rear projector.
(b) Zoetrope.
(c) Rotoscope.
(d) Glass lantern.

14. What sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?
(a) War.
(b) Actor's biographies.
(c) Religious.
(d) Travel.

15. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?
(a) 20.
(b) 35.
(c) 40.
(d) 15.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?

2. By what year did "talkies" take over Hollywood?

3. What early realization helped films develop both special effects and story lines?

4. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?

5. From what year was a diary entry discovered as having discussed the beginnings of projections?

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