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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Which world-class, renowned filmmaker stayed made propaganda films for Hitler?
(a) Leni Reifenstahl.
(b) F.W. Murnau.
(c) Max Ophuls.
(d) Fritz Lang.

7. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?
(a) 35.
(b) 40.
(c) 15.
(d) 20.

8. What sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?
(a) Religious.
(b) War.
(c) Actor's biographies.
(d) Travel.

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

10. In what style did the French produce their films?
(a) Historical.
(b) Tragedy.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Horror.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?

2. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?

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

4. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?

5. In what decade were silent films perfected?

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