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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In 1947, what did the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to investigate?
(a) Nazi spies.
(b) Communism.
(c) The roles of minorities in film.
(d) Labor laws.

4. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) 1894.
(b) 1899.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1911.

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

6. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?
(a) Thomas Edison.
(b) Orson Welles.
(c) Eli Whitney.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

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

8. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?
(a) Force women to sit in the shadows.
(b) Pay taxes to the company.
(c) Credit all films to the Patent Company.
(d) Allow people to steal the original reels.

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

10. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?
(a) They were not allowed to take a bigger cut of the movie's profits than the actors.
(b) They could only use one "star" at a time.
(c) They had to work subliminal advertising into their films.
(d) They had to stay within their budget.

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

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

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

14. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) Norman Raff.
(b) Jean Louis Meissonier.
(c) Eadward Muybridge.
(d) William Dickson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what style did the French produce their films?

2. In what genre did RKO specialize during the Golden Age?

3. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?

4. For what company did Griffith work?

5. What was one reason comedy shorts became so popular in the 1920s?

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