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. During the Golden Age, what now-famous aspects of films came from artists such as Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire?

2. Which artist pushed the boundaries on sex and violence on film?

3. With what film technique did European filmmakers begin experimenting?

4. What was the standard amount of time devoted to creating a picture during David Wark Griffith's development of film?

5. When Hitler came to power, what did Europe lose in their film industry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from the Kinetoscope, what were some early advances in technology that led to the creation of the moving picture?

2. What were popular themes in early German films?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did cinema both aid and depict the struggles for equal rights in America?

Essay Topic 2

How did the social revolution of the sixties change the American film industry?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the first several decades of film took place in the midst of several wars, what responsibility did the filmmakers have to their audiences? How did the roles of these directors change from the United States to Europe? How did filmmakers handle the world wars when faced with Nazi persecution?

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