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

2. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?
(a) Orson Welles.
(b) Billy Wilder.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) John Huston.

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

4. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?
(a) The swashbuckler.
(b) The ladies' man.
(c) The tramp.
(d) The baby.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What early realization helped films develop both special effects and story lines?

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

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

4. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were popular themes in early German films?

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

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

10. Who was David Wark Griffith?

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