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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?
(a) World War I.
(b) World War II.
(c) Prohibition.
(d) The Great Depression.

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

4. Which company became renowned for their animation in the early years of World War II?
(a) MGM.
(b) Disney.
(c) Warner Bros.
(d) RKO.

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

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

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) Special effects and lighting.
(c) Cinematography.
(d) Talented actors.

8. After what major event did film gain popularity in the USSR?
(a) World War I.
(b) Russian Revolution.
(c) Death of Rasputin.
(d) World War II.

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

10. Which director from Germany became known for his films about history with injections of off-handed comedy?
(a) Ernst Lubitsch.
(b) Fritz Lang.
(c) Sergei Einstein.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?

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

4. What studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?

5. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?

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