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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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?
(a) John Ford.
(b) Frank Capra.
(c) Ernst Lubitsch.
(d) Max von Manderling.

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

5. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?
(a) Hayes Code.
(b) Production Code.
(c) Decency Council.
(d) MPAA.

6. 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) Women were not allowed behind the camera.
(b) Violence was removed.
(c) The films became morality tales.
(d) Gangster films were banned.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?
(a) Lighting.
(b) Music.
(c) Cinematographer.
(d) Story.

14. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?
(a) Musicals.
(b) Suspense.
(c) Surrealist.
(d) Period dramas.

15. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?
(a) Horse.
(b) Wolf.
(c) Dog.
(d) Cat.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.

3. When Hitler came to power, what did Europe lose in their film industry?

4. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?

5. For what reason did many great artists leave Europe for America in the 1930s?

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