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

2. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?
(a) Dog.
(b) Cat.
(c) Wolf.
(d) Horse.

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

4. Which of the following was not one of the Little Three in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Columbia.
(b) RKO.
(c) United Artists.
(d) Universal.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one reason comedy shorts became so popular in the 1920s?

2. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?

3. In what year did Edison help to open a Kinetoscope parlor?

4. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?

5. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the financial status of American films and how this led to the rise of the studios during the early years of Hollywood's Golden Age of the Studio.

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

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

4. How did the position of film producer become part of the filmmaking process?

5. How did the Film D'Art come to be?

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

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

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

9. Aside from the Kinetoscope, what were some early advances in technology that led to the creation of the moving picture?

10. 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?

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