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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. The two main regions involved in film production before the move to California were New York and _________.
(a) Maine.
(b) Vermont.
(c) Pennsylvania.
(d) New Jersey.

2. Why did the War Department in America ban some of the political movies made during World War II?
(a) The filmmakers inadvertently gave away state secrets.
(b) The visuals were too realistic.
(c) The government wanted to keep Americans ignorant of the war overseas.
(d) Films from the War Department had been leaked to Hollywood.

3. Which of the following comedians was not one of the silent film stars from the 1920s?
(a) Lou Costello.
(b) Charlie Chaplin.
(c) Harold Lloyd.
(d) Buster Keaton.

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

5. What aspect of the newly-heard dialogue in the Golden Age made audiences uneasy?
(a) The political aspects.
(b) The strange voices of previously-silent stars.
(c) The accents of foreign stars.
(d) Sexual innuendo.

Short Answer Questions

1. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?

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

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

4. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?

5. In what decade were silent films perfected?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were some of the popular stars from the 1920s and of what did their acts consist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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