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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. During the early days of World War II, why did Britain have trouble maintaining their film industry?
(a) Funding.
(b) Denouncement of British films from Hitler.
(c) Bomb threats.
(d) Immigration.

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

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

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

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

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

10. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?
(a) Golden Era.
(b) Silent Era.
(c) Nickelodean Era.
(d) Moving Era.

11. Which director from Germany became known for his films about history with injections of off-handed comedy?
(a) Ernst Lubitsch.
(b) Sergei Einstein.
(c) Fritz Lang.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

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

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

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

15. Which of the following was not one of the main focuses of the film-making committees in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Stars.
(b) Genres.
(c) Studios
(d) Story.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which director, during America in the 1940s, became renowned for film adaptations of literature?

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?

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

5. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?

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