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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?
(a) Singers.
(b) Dancers.
(c) Vaudeville.
(d) Shakespearean.

2. 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) Abbott and Costello.
(c) Wilber and Woolsley.
(d) Laurel and Hardy.

3. With what film technique did European filmmakers begin experimenting?
(a) Special effects.
(b) Sound.
(c) Editing.
(d) Cinematography.

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

5. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?
(a) Cannons.
(b) Machine guns.
(c) Screams.
(d) Stabs.

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

7. In what genre did RKO specialize during the Golden Age?
(a) Musicals.
(b) Action.
(c) Thrillers.
(d) Comedies.

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

9. What group was formed in 1908 with the intention to further develop the Kinetoscope technology?
(a) Screen Actors Guild.
(b) American Federation of Television and Radio Actors.
(c) The Film D'Art.
(d) Actor's Equity.

10. What influenced the audience's desire for music and voices to be added to films?
(a) The terrible quality of the live music provided for the film.
(b) Charlie Chaplin's singing voice.
(c) Radio.
(d) Stage.

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

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

13. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?
(a) Staged combat.
(b) Explosions.
(c) Polyvision.
(d) Framing.

14. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?
(a) Cinematographer.
(b) Story.
(c) Lighting.
(d) Music.

15. Which of the following words can be used to describe the films that were produced during the early years of the Golden Age?
(a) Experimental.
(b) Formulaic.
(c) Socially aware.
(d) Expressive.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1947, what did the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to investigate?

2. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?

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

4. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?

5. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.

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