Hollywood Babylon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kenneth Anger
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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 was the name of the studio where Olive Thomas was a star?

2. How much money did Griffith pay extras per day?

3. Who was Mary Mills' mother?

4. What was Lillita's mother's occupation?

5. Who blackmailed Clara Bow?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe blackmail as a theme.

2. What scandal revolved around Lana Turner?

3. What mystery is involved with Marilyn Monroe's death?

4. Describe Rudolph Valentino's love life.

5. What did the term "box office poison" mean?

6. Describe the "suicide syndrome" of the 1940s.

7. Who were Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons?

8. Describe Stroheim's defiance directed toward Hays.

9. What was the "Red Tide"?

10. Who was Billy Bennett?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is Charlie Chaplin's significance in film history? Describe the scandal in Chaplin's life. If he existed today, would he be able to be a star? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Murder seems to be a common theme in Old Hollywood. Some celebrities died mysteriously, like Marilyn Monroe, and others like Sharon Tate were obviously murdered. Describe this trend in Hollywood and why you think this occurs.

Essay Topic 3

Why was the term "box office poison" used? Was this term effective in "cleaning up Hollywood"? Why or why not?

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