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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 sort of documentaries dominated the filmmaking business in America in the 1940s?
(a) Religious.
(b) Travel.
(c) Actor's biographies.
(d) War.

2. What editor displayed the emotional impact of crowd scenes on film?
(a) Lev Kulshov.
(b) F.W. Murnau.
(c) Sergei Einstein.
(d) Fritz Lang.

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

4. When American films began to include sound (particularly dialogue), what sound effect uncomfortably highlighted the violence in most movies?
(a) Cannons.
(b) Screams.
(c) Machine guns.
(d) Stabs.

5. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?
(a) One day.
(b) One week.
(c) One year.
(d) One month.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?

2. Which director from Germany became known for his films about history with injections of off-handed comedy?

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

4. What comedy team became popular (and necessary) during the studio's push for pure entertainment in the earlier decades of the Golden Age?

5. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Hollywood join the war effort in the forties?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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