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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 event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?
(a) World War II.
(b) World War I.
(c) Prohibition.
(d) The Great Depression.

2. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?
(a) Fritz Lang.
(b) F.W. Murnau.
(c) Lev Kulshov.
(d) Sergei Einstein.

3. What sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?
(a) Religious.
(b) Travel.
(c) War.
(d) Actor's biographies.

4. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?
(a) Credit all films to the Patent Company.
(b) Allow people to steal the original reels.
(c) Force women to sit in the shadows.
(d) Pay taxes to the company.

5. What was one of the biggest threats to the film industry in the 1930s?
(a) Salaries.
(b) The war.
(c) Filming on location.
(d) Censorship.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did the independent filmmakers head for California while the Patent Company existed?

2. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?

3. Which world-class, renowned filmmaker stayed made propaganda films for Hitler?

4. In what decade were silent films perfected?

5. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. In the early days of the film industry, how did Griffith and others begin making their films more appealing to widespread audiences?

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

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