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Birth of a Nation

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1. 1 . Which of these prominent Civil War events is reenacted in The Birth of a Nation?

2. 2 . Which character is a leading abolitionist politician?

3. 3 . The academic writings of which U.S. President are cited in Griffith’s footnotes?

4. 4 . According to Griffith’s intertitles, what is Austin Stoneman’s greatest weakness?

5. 5 . Who are the Cameron boys?

6. 6 . Who are the Stoneman boys?

7. 7 . What does Ben Cameron keep in his uniform while out on the battlefield?

8. 8 . How does Elsie help during the war?

9. 9 . What does Ben present to Elsie as a token of his love as they walk in the forest?

10. 10 . Writings from what book did Griffith reference to support his racist views?

11. 11 . Which cities figure most prominently in The Birth of a Nation?

12. 12 . How do D. W. Griffith and Billy Bitzer convey the more intimate moments of the raging war?

13. 13 . What was one of the unfortunate effects of the success of The Birth of a Nation?

14. 14 . What is the name of the line that divides the Stonemans from the Camerons?

15. 15 . What is the title of the Rev. Thomas Dixon’s play on which much of The Birth of a Nation is based?

16. 16 . Which “solution” to America’s strife was in the film’s original print, but was cut due to protests?

17. 17 . After the Ku Klux Klan lynches Gus, what do they do with his body?

18. 18 . Which two characters are present at Ford’s Theater?

19. 19 . Which organization protested The Birth of a Nation and attempted to organize boycotts of it?

20. 20 . How many of the four main black or mulatto roles—Silas Lynch, Lydia, Gus, and Mammy—are performed by black actors?

21. 21 . How does the Union gain a crucial advantage that signals the beginning of the end for the Confederacy?

22. 22 . Who revokes Ben Cameron’s death sentence?

23. 23 . What inspires Ben to form the Ku Klux Klan?

24 . Why was the $2 ticket price for The Birth of a Nation significant?

25. 25 . What did Griffith do before directing The Birth of a Nation?

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