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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?
(a) One month.
(b) One day.
(c) One year.
(d) One week.

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

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

5. 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) Max von Manderling.
(b) John Ford.
(c) Ernst Lubitsch.
(d) Frank Capra.

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

7. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?
(a) Singers.
(b) Vaudeville.
(c) Shakespearean.
(d) Dancers.

8. 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.

9. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?
(a) Hayes Code.
(b) MPAA.
(c) Decency Council.
(d) Production Code.

10. 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.

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

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

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

14. 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) Billy Wilder.
(d) Alfred Hitchcock.

15. What did Meissonier's conversion of Muybridge's photographs create?
(a) An illusion of movement.
(b) A live-action special effects device.
(c) A sound machine.
(d) A projector.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was not one of the the Big Five studios in the Golden Age of the Studio?

2. What was one reason comedy shorts became so popular in the 1920s?

3. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?

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

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

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