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Y200 Politics and Film

Midterm Examination

March 3, 2011


This exam is in two parts. The first part is multiple choice and answers must be marked on the computer sheet. The second part is an essay question. The essay must be written in one or more blue books. Be sure to write your name at the top of the computer sheet and on all of your bluebooks.
Part I. Multiple Choice (30 minutes)
Circle the letter (a, b, c, or d) with the best answer on your examination sheets. Then mark the corresponding letter on the computer sheet.


  1. Who was the first head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association?

    1. Will Hays

    2. Jack Valenti

    3. Joseph Breen

    4. Dan Glickman




  1. The role of _____ in The Hurt Locker was played by Jeremy Renner.

    1. Sergeant James

    2. Sergeant Sanborn

    3. Specialist Eldridge

    4. Colonel Reed




  1. Which of the following studios was an early adopter of sound technology for talking pictures?

    1. Universal

    2. MGM

    3. United Artists

    4. Warner Brothers




  1. If the negative costs of a new film are around $60 million, what are the likely promotion and distribution costs for that film?

    1. $400 thousand

    2. $4 million

    3. $40 million

    4. $400 million




  1. In Dr. Strangelove, who said “Mein Fuehrer, I can walk!”?

    1. General Buck Turgidson

    2. Dr. Strangelove

    3. President Merkin Muffley

    4. Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky




  1. The Battle over Citizen Kane argues that the real model for John Foster Kane character was not William Randolph Hearst but ______.

    1. Marion Davies

    2. Joseph Pulitzer

    3. Orson Welles

    4. Herman Mankiewicz




  1. What did the snow globe in Citizen Kane symbolize to Kane?

    1. his mother

    2. Jedediah’s friendship

    3. his lost childhood

    4. his love for Susan




  1. What did it cost to make the average movie negative in the year 2005?

    1. $600,000

    2. $6,000,000

    3. $60,000,000

    4. $600,000,000




  1. Whose work on myths and mythology influenced George Lucas in the making of the Star Wars movies?

    1. Carl Jung

    2. Joseph Campbell

    3. Michel Foucault

    4. Claude Levi-Strauss




  1. Why was Francis Ford Coppola upset with Dennis Hopper during the making of Apocalypse Now?

    1. He wouldn’t accept his fee.

    2. He didn’t know his lines.

    3. He brought all his friends from Los Angeles with him.

    4. He did not look like his character was supposed to look.




  1. One of the reasons Hollywood adopted the Production Code in 1930 was to ___________.

    1. make sure that only high quality films were made

    2. keep people from illegally copying films

    3. prevent further censorship on the part of state and local governments

    4. break the iron grip of Thomas Edison over the film industry




  1. Where do movie theaters make most of their profits?

    1. Refreshment stands

    2. Payments from movie studios

    3. Box office

    4. Showing ads before films



  1. Which character in The Battle of Algiers is a petty thief who becomes a committed revolutionary?

    1. Colonel Mathieu

    2. Djafar

    3. Ali La Pointe

    4. Petit Omar




  1. One of the tactics that Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee used was to force people to _______ in order to avoid contempt charges and possible prison sentences.

    1. read books by J. Edgar Hoover

    2. claim the fourth amendment

    3. name other Communist sympathizers

    4. make movies about drug addiction




  1. Which film is often cited as an example of propaganda?

    1. Bambi

    2. Triumph of the Will

    3. Apocalypse Now

    4. Bill and Ted’s Great Adventure




  1. The ________ is an organization that criticizes Hollywood filmmakers for making anti-gun and anti-hunting films.

    1. National Rifle Association

    2. Motion Picture Association of America

    3. Democratic Party

    4. Roman Catholic Church




  1. At the end of Charlie Wilson’s War, Charlie and Gust are angry that the U.S. government decided not to provide _______to Afghanistan after the defeat of the Soviets.

    1. weapons

    2. economic aid

    3. human rights training

    4. opium




  1. The visible use of brand-name products in movies in exchange for money is called ________.

    1. product placement

    2. second money

    3. subliminal advertising

    4. collateral damage




  1. Motion picture studios invented and built movie palaces in the 1920s partly to make going to the movies more attractive to the _________.

    1. aristocracy

    2. working classes

    3. middle classes

    4. homeless




  1. In Battle of Algiers, terrorist tactics (e.g., bombing) are used by both the ____ and the ____.

    1. Israelis, Palestinians

    2. French, Algerians

    3. Americans, Russians

    4. Germans, French




  1. What do Orson Welles and Francis Ford Coppola have in common?

    1. made movies about the Mafia

    2. went to Harvard

    3. wanted to make a movie based on the Heart of Darkness

    4. enjoyed the music of “The Doors”




  1. In Dr. Strangelove, the Soviet Premier tells the U.S. President belatedly that he has built a _____?

  1. doomsday machine

  2. dacha in Sochi

  3. monument to Stalin

  4. huge stockpile of nuclear weapons




  1. The Hollywood Production Code was replaced in 1968 by _______.

    1. federal censorship

    2. a voluntary system of ratings by the studios themselves

    3. local and state censorship

    4. a new production code




  1. Why was it difficult for the French to discover the names of the leaders the National Liberation Front (FLN)?

    1. The French did not speak Arabic.

    2. Members of the FLN only knew the names of two other members.

    3. FLN members did not reveal names when tortured.

    4. They did not think that the FLN would use women as operatives.




  1. What is one of the main reasons why the studios like to cast established stars in movies?

    1. It reduces the cost of production.

    2. It takes some of the risk out of investing in a film.

    3. Stars own most of the studios.

    4. The stars are under restrictive contracts that they cannot break.




  1. A majority of Americans favored the war in Vietnam until ____, but after that date a majority wanted to end it.

    1. 1958

    2. 1968

    3. 1978

    4. 1988




  1. What Congressional hearings marked the end of the McCarthy era?

    1. Smoot-Hawley tariff

    2. Civil rights act

    3. Un-American Activities Committee

    4. Army-McCarthy




  1. Which of the following directors was not one of the movie brats of the 1970s and 1980s?

    1. Francis Ford Coppola

    2. George Lucas

    3. Stanley Kubrick

    4. Steven Spielberg




  1. RKO delayed the release of Citizen Kane because of pressure from _______.

    1. J. Edgar Hoover

    2. the Production Code Administration

    3. Orson Welles

    4. William Randolph Hearst




  1. In guerrilla warfare, ___________.

    1. the distinction between combatants and civilians is sometimes blurred

    2. both sides are equally matched in terms of technology

    3. guerrillas wear uniforms that make it easy to identify them

    4. only men do the fighting

Part II. Choose one essay (30 minutes). Write your essay in blue books.




  1. According to Christensen and Haas, “historically, political forces have had a profound impact on the making of films.” (page ix) Do you agree with this statement? Use historical examples to support your arguments.




  1. According to Professor Hart, technological change has had a major impact on the film industry. Do you agree? Use historical examples to support your arguments.




  1. Compare and contrast the directorial styles of two of the following directors based on the films we have seen so far: 1) Orson Welles, 2) Stanley Kubrick, 3) Francis Ford Coppola, 4) Gillo Pontecorvo, and 5) Kathryn Bigelow. What methods did these directors adopt to handle the political content of their films? Who did you think was most successful and why?




  1. We saw three films this semester that dealt with American foreign policy during the Cold War: Dr. Strangelove, Apocalypse Now, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Two films dealt primarily with terrorism: The Battle of Algiers and The Hurt Locker. Are the two topics related to each other? In your essay, say why you think they are or are not related.







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