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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What early realization helped films develop both special effects and story lines?
(a) Cameras could be operated by one man.
(b) Reels could be cut together.
(c) Filming the weather was not intriguing enough for audiences.
(d) The films should be longer.

2. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?
(a) Nickelodean Era.
(b) Silent Era.
(c) Moving Era.
(d) Golden Era.

3. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?
(a) They had to stay within their budget.
(b) They were not allowed to take a bigger cut of the movie's profits than the actors.
(c) They could only use one "star" at a time.
(d) They had to work subliminal advertising into their films.

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

5. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?
(a) World War II.
(b) The Great Depression.
(c) Prohibition.
(d) World War I.

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

7. As the studios bowed to pressure from outside groups during the Golden Age, what was one of the effects seen on the gangster movies?
(a) Gangster films were banned.
(b) The films became morality tales.
(c) Women were not allowed behind the camera.
(d) Violence was removed.

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

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

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

11. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1894.
(d) 1899.

12. By what year did "talkies" take over Hollywood?
(a) 1930.
(b) 1932.
(c) 1927.
(d) 1929.

13. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?
(a) 55%.
(b) 65%.
(c) 45%.
(d) 75%.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?

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

3. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?

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

5. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?

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