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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The two main regions involved in film production before the move to California were New York and _________.
(a) Pennsylvania.
(b) Vermont.
(c) New Jersey.
(d) Maine.

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

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

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

6. What group was formed in 1908 with the intention to further develop the Kinetoscope technology?
(a) Screen Actors Guild.
(b) Actor's Equity.
(c) American Federation of Television and Radio Actors.
(d) The Film D'Art.

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

8. What film helped open up the world to the power of British filmmaking in the 1930s?
(a) "Strangers on a Train."
(b) "The Private Life of Henry VIII."
(c) "Rebecca."
(d) "The Once and Future King."

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

10. As the studios bowed to pressure from outside groups during the Golden Age, what was one of the effects seen on the gangster movies?
(a) The films became morality tales.
(b) Gangster films were banned.
(c) Violence was removed.
(d) Women were not allowed behind the camera.

11. 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.

12. 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) Allow people to steal the original reels.
(d) Credit all films to the Patent Company.

13. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?
(a) John Huston.
(b) Billy Wilder.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) Orson Welles.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?

4. Which director from Germany became known for his films about history with injections of off-handed comedy?

5. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?

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