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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?

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

3. What style of art influenced Alfred Hitchcock the most, particularly in his early work?

4. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?

5. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the differing situations in both Europe and America in the thirties ultimately influence the film industry?

2. What were some of the themes explored in both French and Spanish films?

3. How did the Production Code come into existence and what were some of the effects it had on films?

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Describe the film industry in the USSR after the first World War.

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

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

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

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

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