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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1947, what did the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to investigate?
(a) Labor laws.
(b) Communism.
(c) Nazi spies.
(d) The roles of minorities in film.

2. As the studios bowed to pressure from outside groups during the Golden Age, what was one of the effects seen on the gangster movies?
(a) Gangster films were banned.
(b) Violence was removed.
(c) The films became morality tales.
(d) Women were not allowed behind the camera.

3. From what entertainment aspect did Orson Welles tap in order to innovate the ways films were made?
(a) Music.
(b) Dance companies.
(c) Sound design.
(d) Theater.

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

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

6. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?
(a) Musicals.
(b) Suspense.
(c) Surrealist.
(d) Period dramas.

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

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. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?
(a) Marx Brothers.
(b) Wilber and Woolsley.
(c) Abbott and Costello.
(d) Laurel and Hardy.

10. When Hitler came to power, what did Europe lose in their film industry?
(a) Freedom of movement to find new locations.
(b) Freedom of speech.
(c) Jewish artists.
(d) Funding.

11. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?
(a) Dog.
(b) Wolf.
(c) Horse.
(d) Cat.

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

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

14. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?
(a) Sergei Einstein.
(b) F.W. Murnau.
(c) Fritz Lang.
(d) Lev Kulshov.

15. What was one of the biggest threats to the film industry in the 1930s?
(a) Salaries.
(b) The war.
(c) Censorship.
(d) Filming on location.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what decade were silent films perfected?

2. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?

3. Through what did Jean Louis Meissonier project Muybridge's work?

4. Why did the War Department in America ban some of the political movies made during World War II?

5. Filmmaker Jean Renoir was the son of what influential artist?

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