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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Socially aware.
(d) Formulaic.

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

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

6. For what reason did many great artists leave Europe for America in the 1930s?
(a) Low production values.
(b) Political exiling.
(c) Nazi persecution.
(d) The studios lured them to America.

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

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

9. 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.

10. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) William Dickson.
(b) Eadward Muybridge.
(c) Jean Louis Meissonier.
(d) Norman Raff.

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

12. 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) Orson Welles.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) John Huston.

13. What was one of the biggest threats to the film industry in the 1930s?
(a) Censorship.
(b) Salaries.
(c) The war.
(d) Filming on location.

14. Which director, during America in the 1940s, became renowned for film adaptations of literature?
(a) Orson Welles.
(b) John Huston.
(c) Preston Sturges.
(d) Billy Wilder.

15. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?
(a) 15.
(b) 20.
(c) 35.
(d) 40.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What early realization helped films develop both special effects and story lines?

3. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?

4. What film helped open up the world to the power of British filmmaking in the 1930s?

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

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