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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Which of the following was not one of the Little Three in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) United Artists.
(b) Universal.
(c) RKO.
(d) Columbia.

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

6. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?
(a) Thomas Edison.
(b) Orson Welles.
(c) Eli Whitney.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

7. Which of the following words can be used to describe the films that were produced during the early years of the Golden Age?
(a) Expressive.
(b) Formulaic.
(c) Socially aware.
(d) Experimental.

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

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

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

11. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1899.
(c) 1894.
(d) 1901.

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

13. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.
(a) Norman Raff.
(b) Jean Louis Meissonier.
(c) William Dickson.
(d) Eadward Muybridge.

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

15. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?
(a) 35.
(b) 20.
(c) 40.
(d) 15.

Short Answer Questions

1. What studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?

2. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?

3. After what major event did film gain popularity in the USSR?

4. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?

5. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?

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