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

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

3. What film helped open up the world to the power of British filmmaking in the 1930s?
(a) "Rebecca."
(b) "The Private Life of Henry VIII."
(c) "The Once and Future King."
(d) "Strangers on a Train."

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

5. The Kinetoscope was developed by Thomas Edison and _______ _______.
(a) Norman Raff.
(b) William Dickson.
(c) Eadward Muybridge.
(d) Jean Louis Meissonier.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?

2. In what decade were silent films perfected?

3. In what style did the French produce their films?

4. What was Harry Langdon's film persona?

5. Which company became renowned for their animation in the early years of World War II?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were popular themes in early German films?

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

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

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

6. Who was David Wark Griffith?

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

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

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

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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