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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 films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?
(a) Period dramas.
(b) Musicals.
(c) Suspense.
(d) Surrealist.

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

3. Which of the following comedians was not one of the silent film stars from the 1920s?
(a) Lou Costello.
(b) Harold Lloyd.
(c) Charlie Chaplin.
(d) Buster Keaton.

4. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?
(a) They would start getting bored.
(b) They would dislike the actors.
(c) It would be harder to follow the plot.
(d) They would demand their money back.

5. Which of the following was not one of the the Big Five studios in the Golden Age of the Studio?
(a) Paramount.
(b) RKO.
(c) Warner Bros.
(d) Universal.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What percentage of the American film industry's gross profits came from Great Britain in the early years of the industry?

3. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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