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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) 55%.
(c) 65%.
(d) 45%.

2. For what reason did many great artists leave Europe for America in the 1930s?
(a) Low production values.
(b) Political exiling.
(c) Nazi persecution.
(d) The studios lured them to America.

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

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

5. For what company did Griffith work?
(a) Paramount.
(b) Fields Inc.
(c) Biograph.
(d) Lamont.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following words can be used to describe the films that were produced during the early years of the Golden Age?

2. Who helped Edison open a Kinetoscope parlor?

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

4. What was Harold Lloyd's trademark?

5. What group was formed in 1908 with the intention to further develop the Kinetoscope technology?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was David Wark Griffith?

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

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

4. Discuss the financial status of American films and how this led to the rise of the studios during the early years of Hollywood's Golden Age of the Studio.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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