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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) The government wanted to keep Americans ignorant of the war overseas.
(c) Films from the War Department had been leaked to Hollywood.
(d) The visuals were too realistic.

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

5. In what genre did RKO specialize during the Golden Age?
(a) Comedies.
(b) Thrillers.
(c) Musicals.
(d) Action.

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

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

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

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

10. Which director, during America in the 1940s, became renowned for film adaptations of literature?
(a) John Huston.
(b) Orson Welles.
(c) Billy Wilder.
(d) Preston Sturges.

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

12. 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) Studios
(c) Genres.
(d) Story.

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

14. Which artist pushed the boundaries on sex and violence on film?
(a) F.W. Murnau.
(b) Salvador Dali.
(c) Fritz Lang.
(d) Frida Kahlo.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?

4. What did Meissonier's conversion of Muybridge's photographs create?

5. Through what did Jean Louis Meissonier project Muybridge's work?

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