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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. From what year was a diary entry discovered as having discussed the beginnings of projections?
(a) 1718.
(b) 1811.
(c) 1666.
(d) 1532.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was one reason comedy shorts became so popular in the 1920s?
(a) The audiences did not need to follow a plot.
(b) The stories were presented in serial format.
(c) The tabloid era had begun.
(d) The actors all had scandalous lives.

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

12. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?
(a) F.W. Murnau.
(b) Enst Lubitsch.
(c) Fritz Lang.
(d) Lev Kuleshov.

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

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

15. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?
(a) 75%.
(b) 55%.
(c) 45%.
(d) 65%.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?

2. Why did the independent filmmakers head for California while the Patent Company existed?

3. During the early days of World War II, why did Britain have trouble maintaining their film industry?

4. In the first several decades of the film industry, European films focused on the artists, while American films focused on the _______.

5. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?

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