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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what decade were silent films perfected?
(a) 1920s.
(b) 1930s.
(c) 1890s.
(d) 1910s.

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

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

4. Why did the War Department in America ban some of the political movies made during World War II?
(a) The filmmakers inadvertently gave away state secrets.
(b) Films from the War Department had been leaked to Hollywood.
(c) The visuals were too realistic.
(d) The government wanted to keep Americans ignorant of the war overseas.

5. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?
(a) One year.
(b) One week.
(c) One month.
(d) One day.

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

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

8. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?
(a) Orson Welles.
(b) Alexander Korda.
(c) John Grierson.
(d) Alfred Hitchcock.

9. In the first several decades of the film industry, European films focused on the artists, while American films focused on the _______.
(a) Political statements.
(b) Sociological value.
(c) Entertainment.
(d) Story.

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

11. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?
(a) F.W. Murnau.
(b) Sergei Einstein.
(c) Fritz Lang.
(d) Lev Kulshov.

12. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?
(a) 45%.
(b) 65%.
(c) 55%.
(d) 75%.

13. 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) Frank Capra.
(b) Max von Manderling.
(c) Ernst Lubitsch.
(d) John Ford.

14. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?
(a) Marx Brothers.
(b) Wilber and Woolsley.
(c) Abbott and Costello.
(d) Laurel and Hardy.

15. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?
(a) The tramp.
(b) The ladies' man.
(c) The swashbuckler.
(d) The baby.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the studios bowed to pressure from outside groups during the Golden Age, what was one of the effects seen on the gangster movies?

2. For what company did Griffith work?

3. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?

4. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?

5. From what year was a diary entry discovered as having discussed the beginnings of projections?

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