Film History SM1 Exam: Movie Questions (MODIFIED)
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  • Question 1
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Who directed both Jaws and E.T.?

    answer choices

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Steven Spielberg

  • Question 2
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Which character is the protagonist in Jaws?

    answer choices

    the shark

    Police Chief Martin Brody

  • Question 3
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which one of the following elements is not used to build suspense in some of the shark's early murder scenes in Jaws?

    answer choices

    The photography of the shot alternates from color to black and white.

    A two-note musical motif plays every time the shark is close.

    a subjective point-of-view shot from the shark's perspective

  • Question 4
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is ironic about the setting of Jaws?

    answer choices

    The island's name is Amity, which means friendship, but the characters don't treat each other in a friendly manner when the shark first arrives and no one believes Chief Brody.

    The story occurs in the 1970s, and sharks didn't exist at that time.

  • Question 5
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What does the two-note musical motif that marks the shark's arrival best explain to the audience?

    answer choices

    Swimming is always a safe activity.

    Danger is imminent.

  • Question 6
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which of these statements best explains why it's ironic that Chief Brody is afraid of water?

    answer choices

    A man who's afraid of water probably shouldn't live on an island, surrounded by water.

    A man who's afraid of water probably shouldn't live on land but on the water all the time.

  • Question 7
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of these terms best explains what the director employs when the scientist, Matt Hooper, yells at Chief Brody for accidentally releasing the compressed air tanks that could have blown up the boat?

    answer choices

    metaphor

    foreshadowing

  • Question 8
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following statements best explains what happens in Act 3 in the resolution of Jaws?

    answer choices

    Brody must successfully convince the mayor and others of the shark's existence.

    Brody and others must find and kill the shark that has devastated Amity.

  • Question 9
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why is E.T.'s species doing on Earth? What is their likely mission based on their actions in the first scene? This mission also seems likely based on what E.T. takes home on his spacecraft.

    answer choices

    to obtain plant samples

    to prepare to destroy Earth

  • Question 10
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is the primary purpose of using parallel action/crosscutting in the frog dissection scene in E.T.?

    answer choices

    It builds suspense until Elliott and E.T. reunite.

    It implies the emotional and mental merge of Elliott and E.T.

  • Question 11
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Who directed Psycho?

    answer choices

    Steven Spielberg

    Alfred Hitchcock

  • Question 12
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which leading role does actress Janet Leigh play in Psycho?

    answer choices

    Marion Crane

    Mrs. Bates

  • Question 13
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which leading role does actor Anthony Perkins play in Psycho?

    answer choices

    Norman Bates

    Detective Milton Arbogast

  • Question 14
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Through which type of shot is the motif of voyeurism first established in Psycho?

    answer choices

    An aerial shot goes through a window, peering into the private lives of Marion and Sam's hotel.

    A point-of-view shot showcases Marion and Sam spying on the lives of others in the hotel.

  • Question 15
    120 seconds
    Q.

    In the shower scene, which of the following statements best explain the metaphor the director uses when he cuts from an extreme close-up of the drain to an extreme close-up of Marion's eye?

    answer choices

    It implies that Marion's dreams of being rich are gone and no longer a priority to her.

    It implies that Marion's life is expiring and "running down the drain."

  • Question 16
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is the effect of using this high-angle shot of Arbogast ascending the staircase in the Bates' house?

    answer choices

    The audience looks down at Arbogast, who is powerless and helpless in the Bates house. The shot implies his impending murder.

    The audience sees Arbogast as a threatening and powerful entity.

  • Question 17
    120 seconds
    Q.

    In Arbogast's murder scene, why is a high-angle, bird's-eye-view shot necessary?

    answer choices

    It hides Norman's face and doesn't spoil who Mrs. Bates really is.

    It showcases the locale of the house.

  • Question 18
    120 seconds
    Q.

    When Marion is awakened by the police officer, why is this close-up, full frontal, and subjective point-of-view shot of his face from Marion's perspective effective?

    answer choices

    It underscores Marion's crush on the police officer; she loves to see a man in uniform.

    It underscores Marion's anxiousness, discomfort, and nervousness.

  • Question 19
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Marion attracts suspicion rather quickly by doing all of the following except which?

    answer choices

    She writes Sam and encloses some of the stolen money.

    She trades in her car and purchases a new one as quickly as possible.

    She forgets and nearly abandons her suitcase and coat in the car at the car dealership.

  • Question 20
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What do the birds in the pictures and stuffed on the walls of the Bates Motel best suggest?

    answer choices

    flight and freedom

    predators and prey

  • Question 21
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What may the fade to black after Norman sinks Marion's car in the swamp symbolize?

    answer choices

    Marion's fatality

    Norman's innocence

  • Question 22
    60 seconds
    Q.

    All of the following are examples of the motif of birds in the film except which?

    answer choices

    Norman strains his neck to lean over the hotel registry when Arbogast finds Marion's signature.

    Norman kills his victims like a bird kills and devours its prey.

    Marion's last name is Crane.

  • Question 23
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What do we infer happens between the cut of Arbogast's murder and the cut of Sam and Lila waiting for Arbogast to return?

    answer choices

    Norman buried and disposed of Arbogast and his car in the swamp.

    Arbogast discovered the stolen money and fled with it, framing Marion.

  • Question 24
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why does the director feature so many low-angle tracking shots of Lila and other characters walking toward the Bates house?

    answer choices

    It makes the house seem out of place and outdated.

    It makes the house seem intimidating.

  • Question 25
    30 seconds
    Q.

    Who directed Rear Window?

    answer choices

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Steven Spielberg

  • Question 26
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Who is the protagonist in Rear Window, played by actor Jimmy Stewart?

    answer choices

    L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries

    Lars Thorwald

  • Question 27
    45 seconds
    Q.

    Which leading role does actress Grace Kelly play in Rear Window?

    answer choices

    Lisa Carol Fremont

    Miss Torso

  • Question 28
    120 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following is used as a metaphor in Rear Window?

    answer choices

    The dead dog is a metaphor for nature, arguing that dogs will bring about the downfall of human society, so we should kill all dogs.

    Jeff's blinds opening and closing are metaphors for the beginning and ending of the film.

  • Question 29
    120 seconds
    Q.

    How is Mrs. Thorwald's murder presented in Rear Window?

    answer choices

    The murder is never shown because the murder never existed; it's an illusion created by the narrator.

    The murder is never shown; assumptions about how the murder is committed are made by other characters through their dialogue.

  • Question 30
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is implied in the tracking shot toward Lisa that ends with a close-up of her when she says, "Tell me everything you saw"?

    answer choices

    She is angry that Jeff doesn't think she can live his lifestyle.

    She is drawn into and now believes Jeff's theory about Mrs. Thorwald's disappearance.

  • Question 31
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is ironic about the resolution for Miss Torso?

    answer choices

    Her revealed love interest is a chubby, glasses-wearing soldier.

    Her revealed love interest is Mr. Thorwald and she's his accomplice.

  • Question 32
    120 seconds
    Q.

    What is ironic about Stella's and Lisa's involvement in the Thorwald murder mystery?

    answer choices

    Although they pretend to be interested in the Thorwald murder mystery, they really don't care.

    Although they chastise Jeff for spying, they also become entranced by the Thorwald murder mystery.

  • Question 33
    120 seconds
    Q.

    How is Lisa a dynamic character by the film's resolution?

    answer choices

    She undertakes dangerous, daring acts to prove she isn't the boring, spoiled socialite Jeff thinks she is.

    She realizes that she doesn't need and doesn't want to be in a relationship with a reluctant partner.

  • Question 34
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Jeff's cast symbolizes all of the following to the viewer except which?

    answer choices

    his dependence

    his masculinity

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