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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?
(a) Billy Wilder.
(b) John Huston.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) Orson Welles.

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

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

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

5. What early realization helped films develop both special effects and story lines?
(a) Filming the weather was not intriguing enough for audiences.
(b) Cameras could be operated by one man.
(c) The films should be longer.
(d) Reels could be cut together.

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

7. Which of the following comedians was not one of the silent film stars from the 1920s?
(a) Charlie Chaplin.
(b) Harold Lloyd.
(c) Lou Costello.
(d) Buster Keaton.

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

9. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?
(a) The ladies' man.
(b) The baby.
(c) The tramp.
(d) The swashbuckler.

10. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?
(a) They would start getting bored.
(b) They would demand their money back.
(c) It would be harder to follow the plot.
(d) They would dislike the actors.

11. Why did the War Department in America ban some of the political movies made during World War II?
(a) The filmmakers inadvertently gave away state secrets.
(b) The visuals were too realistic.
(c) Films from the War Department had been leaked to Hollywood.
(d) The government wanted to keep Americans ignorant of the war overseas.

12. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?
(a) Cinematography.
(b) Special effects and lighting.
(c) Prohibition forced people into the theaters.
(d) Talented actors.

13. Which director from Germany became known for his films about history with injections of off-handed comedy?
(a) Fritz Lang.
(b) Sergei Einstein.
(c) F.W. Murnau.
(d) Ernst Lubitsch.

14. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.
(a) Jean Louis Meissonier.
(b) William Dickson.
(c) Norman Raff.
(d) Eadward Muybridge.

15. In what decade were silent films perfected?
(a) 1920s.
(b) 1930s.
(c) 1890s.
(d) 1910s.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?

2. What was one of the biggest threats to the film industry in the 1930s?

3. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?

4. As the studios bowed to pressure from outside groups during the Golden Age, what was one of the effects seen on the gangster movies?

5. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?

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