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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. During the Golden Age, what part of the film was frequently lost in favor of the star performer's special skills?
(a) Story.
(b) Music.
(c) Lighting.
(d) Cinematographer.

2. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?
(a) Silent Era.
(b) Golden Era.
(c) Nickelodean Era.
(d) Moving Era.

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

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

5. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?
(a) William Dickson.
(b) Jean Louis Meissonier.
(c) Eadward Muybridge.
(d) Norman Raff.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What did the formation of the Patent Company force theaters showing their films to do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who was David Wark Griffith?

6. What were popular themes in early German films?

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

8. How did the Production Code come into existence and what were some of the effects it had on films?

9. 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?

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

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