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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 was Harold Lloyd's trademark?
(a) Laugh.
(b) Glasses.
(c) Hat.
(d) Dance.

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

3. From what entertainment aspect did Orson Welles tap in order to innovate the ways films were made?
(a) Dance companies.
(b) Music.
(c) Sound design.
(d) Theater.

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

5. What influenced the audience's desire for music and voices to be added to films?
(a) Charlie Chaplin's singing voice.
(b) The terrible quality of the live music provided for the film.
(c) Radio.
(d) Stage.

Short Answer Questions

1. What film helped open up the world to the power of British filmmaking in the 1930s?

2. The two main regions involved in film production before the move to California were New York and _________.

3. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?

4. What sort of films did Jean Cocteau create in France in the 1930s?

5. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What were the differences between early films from the United States and Europe?

9. How did the advent of "talkies" change both technical and acting aspects of film?

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

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