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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?
(a) Enst Lubitsch.
(b) Fritz Lang.
(c) F.W. Murnau.
(d) Lev Kuleshov.

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

7. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?
(a) Special effects and lighting.
(b) Cinematography.
(c) Talented actors.
(d) Prohibition forced people into the theaters.

8. After what major event did film gain popularity in the USSR?
(a) Death of Rasputin.
(b) Russian Revolution.
(c) World War II.
(d) World War I.

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

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

11. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?
(a) It would be harder to follow the plot.
(b) They would start getting bored.
(c) They would demand their money back.
(d) They would dislike the actors.

12. What sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?
(a) Actor's biographies.
(b) War.
(c) Travel.
(d) Religious.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. From what entertainment aspect did Orson Welles tap in order to innovate the ways films were made?

3. With what film technique did European filmmakers begin experimenting?

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

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

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