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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Reels could be cut together.
(d) The films should be longer.

2. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?
(a) Hayes Code.
(b) Production Code.
(c) Decency Council.
(d) MPAA.

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

4. Which artist pushed the boundaries on sex and violence on film?
(a) Fritz Lang.
(b) Salvador Dali.
(c) Frida Kahlo.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

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

6. What technological breakthrough hurt the film industry in America?
(a) Radio.
(b) Telegraph.
(c) Telephone.
(d) Television.

7. For what reason did many great artists leave Europe for America in the 1930s?
(a) Low production values.
(b) Nazi persecution.
(c) Political exiling.
(d) The studios lured them to America.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. 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) Alexander Korda.
(d) Orson Welles.

15. By what year did "talkies" take over Hollywood?
(a) 1927.
(b) 1929.
(c) 1930.
(d) 1932.

Short Answer Questions

1. As studios struggled to find the balance between pragmatism and idealism in the early decades of the Golden Age, which of the following people was not one of the great directors to innovate filmmaking in this period?

2. What was Harold Lloyd's trademark?

3. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?

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

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

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