Flashback: A Brief History of Film Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what company did Griffith work?

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

3. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?

4. What studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. Who was David Wark Griffith?

10. What were popular themes in early German films?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways did the economy determine and depend upon the successes of the film industry in both war and peace time?

Essay Topic 2

How did greed help shape Hollywood? In what ways did Eli Whitney and the Patent Company set the standard business model in Hollywood with the strict purpose of making more money?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways did Hollywood establish itself as a vital aspect of the American people during times of great turmoil? What does this suggest about the audience's need for escapism and reassurance? How did Hollywood help the country psychologically heal itself during the Great Depression?

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