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I. Reading. Read the text and choose the best answer (A–D) to complete the sentences (1–4).

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Read the text and choose the best answer (A–D) to complete the sentences (1–4).

In the hills above Los Angeles, you can see an image that is familiar to millions: tall,

white letters spelling “HOLLYWOOD.” It is a famous symbol of the world’s movie

capital. However, Hollywood wasn’t always so well known. In 1853, only a single mud

hut stood there. Two decades later, the area just west of Los Angeles was a farming

community. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the film industry arrived and changed

Hollywood forever.

In film’s early days, most movies were made in New Jersey on the US east coast.

However, bad weather and limited sunlight made making movies there difficult. Added

to this was the fact that Thomas Edison had patents in the east on most filmmaking

technology, and getting permission to use it was expensive. In the west, however, these

patents were rarely obeyed. In 1910, director D.W. Griffith arrived in Los Angeles to

film the short movie In Old California. He loved filming there and quickly spread the

word of this great location. Cecil B. DeMille, one of the all-time greatest directors,

filmed The Squaw Man in Hollywood in 1914. It was the west coast’s first full-length

movie, a huge success, and the reason why the film industry never left California again.

Hollywood has since grown a lot, adding famous movie studios and becoming the

center of the motion picture world. Less well known is a film editing company called

Hollywood Digital Laboratory. When it first opened its doors in 1911, it was called

Hollywood Film Laboratory. As Hollywood’s oldest operating film company, the small

building is a different kind of Hollywood landmark showing how the town began years

ago and how far it has come since then.


Prior to becoming a place to make films, Hollywood was ... .

Aagricultural land Cstrictly governed

Bknown as Los Angeles Dlocated on the east coast


2. Which of the following is FALSE about early filmmaking?

AThe industry became successful on the west coast.

BThe light on the east coast was inferior to that of the west.

CFilmmakers moved production to Hollywood for many reasons.

DAll films were made on the American east coast.


3. The film “The Squaw Man” was ... .

Athe first film ever made

Bthe first silent movie

Cthe west coast’s first full-length movie

Dthe first cartoon


4. Why does the article mention Hollywood Digital Laboratory?

AIt shows how famous Hollywood is now.

BIt is still Hollywood’s only film laboratory.

CIt is notable in the history of Hollywood.

DIt is more important than the big movie studios.

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