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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 week.
(d) One year.

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

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

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

7. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?
(a) They would start getting bored.
(b) They would demand their money back.
(c) They would dislike the actors.
(d) It would be harder to follow the plot.

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

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

10. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?
(a) Talented actors.
(b) Special effects and lighting.
(c) Cinematography.
(d) Prohibition forced people into the theaters.

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

12. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?
(a) Alfred Hitchcock.
(b) John Grierson.
(c) Orson Welles.
(d) Alexander Korda.

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

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

15. Which company became renowned for their animation in the early years of World War II?
(a) Disney.
(b) Warner Bros.
(c) MGM.
(d) RKO.

Short Answer Questions

1. The two main regions involved in film production before the move to California were New York and _________.

2. For what company did Griffith work?

3. From what year was a diary entry discovered as having discussed the beginnings of projections?

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

5. When Hitler came to power, what did Europe lose in their film industry?

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