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. What fear arose about an audience's viewing experience as films grew longer?

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

3. In England in the 1930s, what sociologist announced that films could be a powerful tool for social reform?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the differences between early films from the United States and Europe?

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

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

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

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

7. Who were some of the great directors and their innovative storytelling techniques from Hollywood in the 1940s?

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

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

How did the inclusion of violence and sexual content change over the years of the film industry's existence? How did the allowance vary from country to country? In what ways did these restrictions (or lack thereof) reveal the cultural divide between different countries?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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