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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. Which of the following was not one of the main focuses of the film-making committees in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Studios
(b) Story.
(c) Stars.
(d) Genres.

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

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) Lighting.
(d) Cinematographer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?
(a) Advanced lighting techniques.
(b) Comedy duos.
(c) Sexual innuendo.
(d) Dance numbers.

15. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?
(a) Pay taxes to the company.
(b) Allow people to steal the original reels.
(c) Credit all films to the Patent Company.
(d) Force women to sit in the shadows.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which artist pushed the boundaries on sex and violence on film?

2. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?

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

4. What influenced the audience's desire for music and voices to be added to films?

5. Which world-class, renowned filmmaker stayed made propaganda films for Hitler?

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