The History Of Motion Pictures Knowledge Test

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Motion pictures have evolved as technology has grown and changed since their advent. Motion pictures started in the 1890s. They were just motion pictures that focused on the movement of the actors. Motion pictures have traveled a long path since then. You should know things like who discovered the editing principle upon which montage theory is based. This quiz concentrates on the early history of motion pictures. Good luck to you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is not one of the elements contained in the continuity, according to Jason Staiger?
    • A. 

      The entire cost of the film, which is analyzed in a standard accounting format.

    • B. 

      A cast of characters that lists the roles for the story.

    • C. 

      A list of all intertitles and an indication as to where they are to be inserted in the final print.

    • D. 

      The script itself. Each scene is numbered consecutively and its location is given.

    • E. 

      A detail shooting schedule, complete with calendar dates and start times.

    • F. 

      A location page that lists all exterior and interior sites along with their scene numbers.

    • G. 

      A one-page synopsis.

    • H. 

      A cover page indicating who wrote the scenario, who directed the shooting, when shooting began and ended, when the film was shipped to the distributors, and when the film was released.

  • 2. 
    The Kinetograph set many permanent standards for motion picture cameras. Which of the following did not go on to become a standard in the industry?
    • A. 

      35mm film

    • B. 

      48fps

    • C. 

      4 sprocket hole

  • 3. 
    German Expression is principally concerned with realism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The Great Train Robbery is notable both for its use of cross-cutting and for its use of simple pans and tilts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    ... was the first film to spur a public out-cry and calls for censorship but was, nevertheless, extremely popular with audiences.
    • A. 

      The Birth of a Nation for its blatant racism.

    • B. 

      The Kiss for its scandalous on-screen sensuality.

    • C. 

      Boxing Cats for its abhorrent treatment of animals.

    • D. 

      Battleship Potemkin for its unfettered violence.

  • 6. 
    Carl Mayer is principally known for his contributions to Kammerspielfilm.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Eadward Muybridge invented a photographic gun capable of rapidly exposing twelve images onto a circular glass plate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In which system of production management did the continuity script emerge as a tool through which the costs of production could be controlled?
    • A. 

      Cameraman System

    • B. 

      Director System

    • C. 

      Director-Unit System

    • D. 

      Central Producer System

  • 9. 
    This filmmaker was very innovative with his use of special effects but never recognized the limitations of his theatrical staging.
    • A. 

      Birt Acres

    • B. 

      Louis Lumiere

    • C. 

      W. K. L. Dickson

    • D. 

      D. W. Griffith

    • E. 

      Dziga Vertov

    • F. 

      George Melies

    • G. 

      Edwin S. Porter

  • 10. 
    Who discovered the editing principle upon which montage theory is based?
    • A. 

      D. W. Griffith.

    • B. 

      Sergei Eisenstein.

    • C. 

      Dziga Vertov.

    • D. 

      Vsevolod Pudovkin.

    • E. 

      Lev Kuleshov.

  • 11. 
    ... was the first copyrighted film in the U.S.
    • A. 

      Fred Ott's Sneeze.

    • B. 

      Monkeyshines.

    • C. 

      The Kiss.

    • D. 

      Workers Leaving the Factory.

    • E. 

      Dickson Greeting.

  • 12. 
    ... is the first true motion picture camera.
    • A. 

      Mutoscope

    • B. 

      Vitagraph

    • C. 

      Kinetoscope

    • D. 

      Cinematographe

    • E. 

      Vitascope

    • F. 

      Kinetographe

  • 13. 
    ... was the first copyrighted film in the U.S.
    • A. 

      Fred Ott's Sneeze

    • B. 

      Monkeyshines

    • C. 

      The Kiss

    • D. 

      Workers Leaving the Factory

    • E. 

      Dickson Greeting

  • 14. 
    Which form of montage, according to Eisenstein, "is distinguishable from tonal montage by the collective calculation of all the piece's appeals"?
    • A. 

      Intellectual

    • B. 

      Overtonal

    • C. 

      Metric

    • D. 

      Rhythmic

  • 15. 
    The dramatic improvement in image quality between Monkeyshines and Dickson Greeting is due primarily to:
    • A. 

      A higher frame rate

    • B. 

      A better camera lens

    • C. 

      Shifting from a cylindar system to Kodak system

    • D. 

      Shifting from 70mm to 35mm

  • 16. 
    According to Tom Gunning, the defining characteristic of the cinema of attractions is:
    • A. 

      Narrative

    • B. 

      Realism

    • C. 

      Intellectualism

    • D. 

      Exhibitionism

  • 17. 
    ... applied Taylor’s scientific management theories to film production and created the continuity script.
    • A. 

      Sennett

    • B. 

      Edison

    • C. 

      Acres

    • D. 

      Ince

    • E. 

      Griffith

  • 18. 
    According Eisenstein himself, Strike compares the deaths of striking workers to the slaughter of cattle for what purposes?
    • A. 

      To avoid overacting among the extras

    • B. 

      To excise from such a serious scene the inevitable falseness that results from staged death scenes.

    • C. 

      The extract the maximum effect of bloody horror

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    What invention (the patent for which is eventually purchased by Biograph) helped usher in an era of longer films?
    • A. 

      Mutoscope

    • B. 

      Vitascope

    • C. 

      Latham Loop

    • D. 

      Nickelodeon

    • E. 

      Persistence of Vision

    • F. 

      Montage

  • 20. 
    Phi Phenomena causes the human brain to see movement between two static images.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    When viewing a sequence of static images, the human brain perceives the illusion of movement at:
    • A. 

      24 fps

    • B. 

      16 fps

    • C. 

      70 fps

    • D. 

      48 fps

  • 22. 
    The climactic conclusion of The Birth of a Nation depicts the KKK riding to the rescue of former slaves being attacked by Reconstructionists.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    To what does "it" refer in the following sentence by Bazin: "That it implies, consequently, both a more active mental attitude on the part of the spectator and a more positive contribution on his part to the action in progress."
    • A. 

      Deep focus cinematography

    • B. 

      Silent film

    • C. 

      Montage filmmaking

    • D. 

      Sound film

  • 24. 
    Who was the first true "celebrity" movie star, known to the public by his or her real name?
    • A. 

      Florence Lawrence

    • B. 

      Buster Keaton

    • C. 

      Charlie Chaplin

    • D. 

      Al Jolson

    • E. 

      Mary Picford

  • 25. 
    U.S. vs. Universal is a 1948 Supreme Court case that lead to the end of the studio system.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False