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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 filmmakers inadvertently gave away state secrets.
(c) The visuals were too realistic.
(d) The government wanted to keep Americans ignorant of the war overseas.

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

5. 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) Max von Manderling.
(b) Frank Capra.
(c) John Ford.
(d) Ernst Lubitsch.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.

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

3. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?

4. Which of the following was not one of the Little Three in the Golden Age of the Studio?

5. Which company became renowned for their animation in the early years of World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the differences between early films from the United States and Europe?

2. Describe Britain's Golden Age.

3. In the 1970s, how did West Germany start to address their role in World War II?

4. Discuss the innovative techniques developed by Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Cocteau, and Jean Renoir.

5. As the studios declined with the invention of the television, how did Americans' tastes in film subject begin to change?

6. Why did American and European studios start producing films together in the 1990s?

7. What were some of the trends in American films during the 1970s?

8. In the early days of the film industry, how did Griffith and others begin making their films more appealing to widespread audiences?

9. How did Hollywood join the war effort in the forties?

10. How did the film industry begin to suffer after the advent of talkies?

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