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

2. In what style did the French produce their films?
(a) Horror.
(b) Tragedy.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Historical.

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

4. Which of the following words can be used to describe the films that were produced during the early years of the Golden Age?
(a) Expressive.
(b) Experimental.
(c) Formulaic.
(d) Socially aware.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?

2. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the House of Un-American Activities Committee bring Hollywood's booming economy and artistic success to a screeching halt in the late forties?

3. Who were some of the popular stars from the 1920s and of what did their acts consist?

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

5. Who were some of the great directors and their innovative storytelling techniques from Hollywood in the 1940s?

6. Who were some of the great entertainers that emerged from the talkies in the early years of the film industry that helped revitalize the audience's flagging interest and why?

7. What were popular themes in early German films?

8. What led to the mass migration of film production from New York and New Jersey to California?

9. How did the governor of California's commission for horse photography develop into Meissonier's project in creating the illusion of moving pictures?

10. Why did so many artists leave Europe in the thirties and how did this effect the film industry?

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