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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?
(a) The tramp.
(b) The baby.
(c) The ladies' man.
(d) The swashbuckler.

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

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

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

5. What did Meissonier's conversion of Muybridge's photographs create?
(a) A sound machine.
(b) An illusion of movement.
(c) A live-action special effects device.
(d) A projector.

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

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

8. 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.

9. What studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?
(a) Paramount.
(b) Fox.
(c) MGM.
(d) Universal.

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

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

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

13. What was Harold Lloyd's trademark?
(a) Glasses.
(b) Hat.
(c) Laugh.
(d) Dance.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?

3. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?

4. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?

5. By what year did "talkies" take over Hollywood?

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