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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) 55%.
(b) 45%.
(c) 75%.
(d) 65%.

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

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

4. With what film technique did European filmmakers begin experimenting?
(a) Sound.
(b) Special effects.
(c) Cinematography.
(d) Editing.

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

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

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

8. 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 demand their money back.
(c) They would start getting bored.
(d) They would dislike the actors.

9. 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) Story.
(d) Genres.

10. For what company did Griffith work?
(a) Paramount.
(b) Lamont.
(c) Fields Inc.
(d) Biograph.

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

12. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?
(a) Polyvision.
(b) Framing.
(c) Staged combat.
(d) Explosions.

13. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?
(a) Cannons.
(b) Machine guns.
(c) Screams.
(d) Stabs.

14. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?
(a) The tramp.
(b) The ladies' man.
(c) The swashbuckler.
(d) The baby.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?

4. Which of the following words can be used to describe the films that were produced during the early years of the Golden Age?

5. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.

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