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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. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?
(a) Fritz Lang.
(b) Enst Lubitsch.
(c) Lev Kuleshov.
(d) F.W. Murnau.

2. In what era did early film begin to primarily grow?
(a) Silent Era.
(b) Nickelodean Era.
(c) Golden Era.
(d) Moving Era.

3. As studios struggled to find the balance between pragmatism and idealism in the early decades of the Golden Age, which of the following people was not one of the great directors to innovate filmmaking in this period?
(a) Frank Capra.
(b) Max von Manderling.
(c) John Ford.
(d) Ernst Lubitsch.

4. What animal did Eadward Muybridge photograph?
(a) Dog.
(b) Cat.
(c) Horse.
(d) Wolf.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For what company did Griffith work?

2. Which of the following was not one of the main focuses of the film-making committees in the Golden Age of the Studio?

3. In what genre did RKO specialize during the Golden Age?

4. Which of the following comedians was not one of the silent film stars from the 1920s?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What were popular themes in early German films?

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

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

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

8. How did the Production Code come into existence and what were some of the effects it had on films?

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

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

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