Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Leonard Maltin
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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 Bray's occupation?

2. Which of the following is not an early Disney feature?

3. What did Fleischer tend to ignore?

4. Which of the following describes McCay's first feature?

5. What was McCay's first feature?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Winsor McCay and his views.

2. Why do you think Leonard Maltin calls Max Fleischer an unsung hero?

3. Describe McCay's preferences as an animator in the film industry.

4. When and why did Disney begin to focus on creating theme parks?

5. What were the differences between Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer?

6. Describe McCay's inspiration and uprising.

7. Why did Disney's success slow down during World War II?

8. Describe the difficulties involved in creating "Snow White."

9. Why was the audience skeptical of McCay?

10. Describe "Little Nemo."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the challenges that Walt Disney faced when creating his empire. Also describe the successes he had. What did he do right? What did he do wrong?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the obstacles to early animation. What struggles did animators like McCay and Cohl overcome in creating animation?

Essay Topic 3

Which studio made the biggest or most significant contribution to the animation industry? Why do you think this is true? Which studio can you learn the most from?

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