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

2. What did Meissonier's conversion of Muybridge's photographs create?
(a) An illusion of movement.
(b) A sound machine.
(c) A live-action special effects device.
(d) A projector.

3. From what entertainment aspect did Orson Welles tap in order to innovate the ways films were made?
(a) Theater.
(b) Dance companies.
(c) Music.
(d) Sound design.

4. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?
(a) Decency Council.
(b) Production Code.
(c) MPAA.
(d) Hayes Code.

5. How large was the tax on foreign film earning in Britain after World War II?
(a) 75%.
(b) 55%.
(c) 45%.
(d) 65%.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?

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

3. What technological breakthrough hurt the film industry in America?

4. What was Charlie Chaplin's film persona?

5. What did Griffith as a director discover that elevated films from being more than technical achievements?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Britain's Golden Age.

2. What was the New Wave movement in France?

3. What were some of the prominent trends in European cinema in the 1950s?

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. How did studios cater to the audience's wishes in the Golden Age of the Studio.

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

7. Who were some of the top independent filmmakers of the 1990s and what were some of their works?

8. How did the advent of "talkies" change both technical and acting aspects of film?

9. How and why did the quality of mass-produced films diminish in the 1980s?

10. Why was Japan's golden age in film able to thrive throughout the World War II and beyond, despite the political turmoil?

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