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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What technological breakthrough hurt the film industry in America?
(a) Radio.
(b) Television.
(c) Telegraph.
(d) Telephone.

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

5. From what entertainment aspect did Orson Welles tap in order to innovate the ways films were made?
(a) Theater.
(b) Music.
(c) Sound design.
(d) Dance companies.

6. Which of the following was not one of the the Big Five studios in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Warner Bros.
(b) Paramount.
(c) Universal.
(d) RKO.

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

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

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

10. When Hitler came to power, what did Europe lose in their film industry?
(a) Jewish artists.
(b) Freedom of speech.
(c) Freedom of movement to find new locations.
(d) Funding.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?

3. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?

4. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?

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

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