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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. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?
(a) F.W. Murnau.
(b) Thomas Edison.
(c) Eli Whitney.
(d) Orson Welles.

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

3. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?
(a) Abbott and Costello.
(b) Laurel and Hardy.
(c) Marx Brothers.
(d) Wilber and Woolsley.

4. After what major event did film gain popularity in the USSR?
(a) World War I.
(b) Death of Rasputin.
(c) World War II.
(d) Russian Revolution.

5. What style of art influenced Alfred Hitchcock the most, particularly in his early work?
(a) Theater of the Absurd.
(b) Expressionism.
(c) Theater of Cruelty.
(d) Brechtian.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What visual effect did Abel Gance develop?

4. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?

5. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the improved economy in Latin America affect their film industry?

2. What were some of the biggest problems facing the film industries of the Third World in the 1980s?

3. What were some of the prominent trends in European cinema in the 1950s?

4. Describe Britain's Golden Age.

5. How did television damage the film industry?

6. Why was Japan's golden age in film able to thrive throughout the World War II and beyond, despite the political turmoil?

7. In what ways did Japanese cinema flourish in the fifties?

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

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

10. What were some of the political issues that made their way into 1970s Hollywood?

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