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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Which of the following was not one of the the Big Five studios in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Warner Bros.
(b) Universal.
(c) Paramount.
(d) RKO.

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

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

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

15. Filmmaker Jean Renoir was the son of what influential artist?
(a) Jean Renoir I.
(b) Pierre Auguste Renoir.
(c) Vincente Renoir.
(d) Marcel LeFever Renoir.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. In 1947, what did the House of Un-American Activities Committee began to investigate?

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