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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what reason did many great artists leave Europe for America in the 1930s?
(a) Political exiling.
(b) Low production values.
(c) The studios lured them to America.
(d) Nazi persecution.

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

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

4. What aspect of the newly-heard dialogue in the Golden Age made audiences uneasy?
(a) The accents of foreign stars.
(b) The strange voices of previously-silent stars.
(c) Sexual innuendo.
(d) The political aspects.

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

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

7. 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) The visuals were too realistic.
(c) The filmmakers inadvertently gave away state secrets.
(d) Films from the War Department had been leaked to Hollywood.

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

9. 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) Ernst Lubitsch.
(c) John Ford.
(d) Max von Manderling.

10. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?
(a) Advanced lighting techniques.
(b) Dance numbers.
(c) Comedy duos.
(d) Sexual innuendo.

11. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?
(a) The tramp.
(b) The ladies' man.
(c) The swashbuckler.
(d) The baby.

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

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

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

15. Why did the independent filmmakers head for California while the Patent Company existed?
(a) Griffith held a grudge against Laemmle.
(b) They were not legally allowed to make films without the Patent Company.
(c) A wealth of talent was discovered in California.
(d) California promised the filmmakers they could work without taxes.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?

2. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?

3. What influenced the audience's desire for music and voices to be added to films?

4. Which of the following was not one of the main focuses of the film-making committees in the Golden Age of the Studio?

5. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?

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