Notice to applicant:
This guide contains multiple choice, fill in the blank, and true or false questions. Only information taken from the following pages will be used on the full card examination. Keep written answers as concise as possible. This guide, as well as the final test, will quiz you in the knowledge areas:
basic union, general information, hiring hall, carpentry, shop, properties, electrics, audio, video, wardrobe, hardware identification, and practical application. Applicants must score eighty percent or better on each area to pass. Good luck.
--Local 470 examination committee
Copyright© 2010 edition
1. What does I.A.T.S.E. stand for?
2. With which branch of organized labor
is IATSE affiliated?
3. When was the AFL-CIO founded?
4. What are three advantages to being a union member?
5. Give a brief outline of "Collective Bargaining".
6. List at least 3 things organized labor has won for the American worker.
7. If you were in charge of a job which required more hands, where and how would you get these additional hands?
8. If you were having trouble with the management on a job, or disagreed with the safety procedures you were asked to use, what would you do to straighten out the problem?
9. If you are going to be late or decide you can't make a call at the last minute, who should you contact and when, and in what order?
10. What resources do you have as a worker if you disagree with a department head or Steward on the job
11. In what month is the official Local 470 election usually held?
12. How often does Local 470 have a general
13. How long are Local 470's officers elected to serve?
14. How much is currently withheld from Local 470 members' paychecks to pay for general expenses?
15. Explain the general concept of the Steward Bill of Rights.
16. True or False: If you cannot attend the meeting of the official 470 election, you will not have the opportunity to vote.
17. True or False. All negotiated contracts for wages, terms, and conditions are the same for all employers and all venues.
18. Local 470's "mother" office is located in ___________________________.
19. What three reasons are grounds for immediate dismissal from a job?
21. What recourse do you have as a worker if you disagree with a warning or late fine issued to you by a Steward?
22. Give a brief description of IATSE Local 470's geographical jurisdiction.
1. List the basic tools of a stagehand consists of:
A. miter saw, hammer B. Allen wrench, duct tape
C. crescent wrench, gloves D. multi-tool, night vision
2. The first thing you do when you arrive at a jobsite is:
A. report to the Steward B. call Business Agent
C. find catering D. fill out W-4 form
3. When working a showcall, a Stagehand should come dressed in:
A. boots, work clothes B. gloves, jeans
C. dark clothing D. T-shirt, slacks
4. A "Trade Show" is:
A. a television production B. pipe and drape
C. bartering wages D. video
5. Explain why it is important to be on time for a job:
6. The entryway to an arena froor is known as a:
7. The half wall surrounding an arena floor is known as a:
8. The proper time to arrive at an 8:00 am call is:
A. 6:30 am B. 7:50 am C. 7:59 am D. Whenever you feel like it
9. True / False: All trade show contracts are the same.
10. True / False: It is considered appropriate to test message or talk on your cell phone while working a call.
11. Using the drawing below, insert the number, between 1 and 10, for
12. True / False: Catering is always provided to union stagehands.
13. When you have completed a task and do not know what to do next, you
14. True / False: Items left behind by travelling attractions are yours for the taking.
15. Your call time on a show is "hour before half". Show time is 7:30. What time do you need to be ready for work?
16. Under the current GES Expo contract, what are the four defined job descriptions?
17. What is the width of a standard trade show booth?
1. Disciplinary action within the Hiring Hall is done by whom?
A. The International Office B. The Executive Board of I.A. Local 722
C. The Hiring Hall Governance Board D. The entire membership of the Hiring Hall
2. Dispatch Lists are generated how often?
A. Once a week B. Once a month
C. Once a quarter D. Once a year
3. To qualify for Dispatch list “A”, you have must have accepted a minimum of __________ hours in one of the past two years.
4. In order to change the Hiring Hall Procedure and of Agreement of I.A.T.S.E.
– Local 470, it would require:
A. One meeting B. Two Meetings
C. Three meetings D. Once a year
5. The Hiring Hall Governance Board is made up of members of?
A. The Executive Board of I.A. Local 470 B. The International Office
C. The entire membership of the Hiring Hall D. Retired Local 470 members
6. The fine for the first Late violation of the Conduct Policy is:
7. If found guilty of physical fighting on the job site, the disciplinary action is:
8. If you are under the influence of drug or alcohol on the job site, and it is your Third Offense, what actions occur?
9. True / False: If you are required to perform Jury Duty services after accepting a call you will be fined.
10. True / False: On an Emergency Dispatch Call, the Business Agent is required to hire Members of the Hiring Hall in Dispatch List order.
11. If you will be late arriving on a job site due to weather or traffic accident, who should you contact to avoid a Late fine?
12. In the event an employer requires additional personnel after the start of a labor call, it is the responsibility of the _____________ to fill that position.
13. If a member of the Hiring Hall is offered a job, they must respond by what action?
A. By answering the phone. B. Call the Business Agent within 4 hours.
C. By calling before 6:00 PM the next day. D. By showing up on the job site.
14. True / False: To be a member of the Hiring Hall, you must have a Completed Workers Agreement on file.
15. A member of the Hiring Hall may be removed from dispatch for the following reason(s):
(circle ALL that apply).
A. Union Membership. B. The member is a convicted felon.
C. The member is too old. D. Due to violations of the Conduct Policy.
E.Non-payment of Union dues or fines.
16. A Permit Worker will be paid Journeyman rates if they, (circle all that
A. Have achieved the required hours under contract B. Is a Union member
C. Has passed the Journeyman Tests D. Buys drinks for members.
17. True / False: Primary Stewards who are fulfilling their obligation to a particular Venue are not negatively affected in regards to accumulated hours.
18. True / False: There is no appeal process for Disciplinary Action.
19. Appeals of a Disciplinary Action must be received within _________ days of that action.
20. True / False: If any section of the Hiring Hall Procedure and Agreement is found to be in violation of Local, State, or Federal law, the whole document is considered illegal?
21. True / False: An Employer has the right to deny employment to a member of the Hiring Hall for due cause.
1. The proper procedure for lifting is to lift with the:
A. arms B. back C. legs D. shoulders
2. The proper position for a Stagehand(s) to be in when pushing something up a ramp is:
A. in front/ behind B. the sides C. in front/ sides D. behind/ sides
3. Rigging ropes hanging from a Theatre grid should be:
A. coiled B. kept tight C. left alone D. maintained with light oil
4. When working with a fork lift, the responsibilities for safety fall on the:
A. fork operator B. people around operator
C. Steward D. operator/ workers
5. The most common injury for Stagehands is:
A. fatigue B. smashed fingers/ hands C. back injuries D. death
6 If you see a safety violation or unsafe work condition, you should:
A: Contact the Stage Manager. B: Put on your coat and go home.
C: Inform your Job Steward. D: Continue to work, however use extra caution.
7. If you are working over the heads of people, (on trusses, grids,
loading rail’s, etc), you should?
A: Make sure you have extra tools in case you drop one.
B: Empty your pockets and secure all tools you may need.
C: Don't chew gum, so you can yell “Heads”, if you drop something.
D: Wear a Union shirt.
8. When using Genie personnel basket lift, you should:
A: Use all outriggers and only on a level surface.
B: Listen to road crew instructions on questionable issues.
C: Remove the legs when positioned close to scenery.
D: Feel free to lean out of the basket, if the outriggers are secured.
9. If someone is injured at work, when do you notify the Job Steward?
A: Only if the injury is serious or draws blood.
B: At the end of your call.
C: Immediately, and in all cases.
D: If you think that it is important.
10. True / False Road crews are allowed to override safety rules if they take responsibility.
11. When working on a step ladder, you should:
A: Not use the top two steps.
B: Stand on the top step if you have spotters.
C: Make sure at least three legs are in contact with the floor.
D: Use the ladder only if you have a safety harness attached.
12. If a stagehand feels uncomfortable with a job because of a safety concern,
who should they contact?
13. If you see a rope tied off, and it is in your way, you should:
A: Untie it only long enough to get your job done.
B: Have someone hold the rope out of your way.
C: Do not touch the rope. Ask for assistance.
D: See if there is someplace else the rope can be tied to.
14. How far above the ground must you be before a safety harness is required?
15. Fire extinguishers are rated according to the materials they are meant to extinguisher.
What materials are in each classification?
1. What is a sunday?
2. What is a batten, and what is the standard batten size?
3. Name two places where endless lines are used.
4. In a counterweight system, which is the pull line?
5. Explain the fundamental difference between a single and a double
purchase counterweight system.
6. What does the head flyman have to remember about a double
purchase system when computing weights?
7. In what applications are breast lines used?
8. If a unit you are hanging is too heavy for one batten and arbor, what could you do?
9. Define the following terms:
10. How would you level a batten?
11. If you are an electrician and need a certain batten brought in to the deck, to whom do you speak?
12. Explain the difference between a parallel and a platform?
13. How would you repair a rip in the muslin on a piece of scenery?
14. Name five important knots and their use:
16.True or False: When loading weight on a double arbor, load the first arbor completely before loading the second arbor.
17. If you drop a belaying pin from an elevated pin rail, what is the first thing you should do?
18. What tools should be carried to the grid of a theatre, and how should they be carried?
19. What is a snub?
20. How should a snub be used?
21. Explain the difference between a teaser and a tormentor?
22. When the head fly man tells you to take a batten to pipe weight, what
does this mean?
23. Explain what the “Dog” and “Knife” are on an
24. Define the following rigging terms:
25. What is the first thing you should do after securing the set piece
to the dog with the knife?
26. What is the Proscenium of the Stage?
27. What are the primary duties of a Stage Carpenter?
28. What is a Kabuki Drop?
29. What would you use an axe handle or a pipe for on the fly rail?
30. Where would you place the Low-Trim spike on the rope of a fly
31. Where would you place the High-Trim spike on the rope of a fly system?
32. Why is it important for the Head Carpenter and the Head Fly-Man to maintain good communication?
33. After the fly-man calls out “Please add 21 bricks on line
set 13”, what do you do from start to finish?
1. True/False: Parallel tops are generally made of 1/4" plywood.
2. Describe a coffin lock.
3. Describe a Cheeseborough:
4. What is the minimum length of a fastener (nail, screw, staple, etc.) that can be used when making a
5. True or False: A butt joint is stronger than a mortise and tenon joint.
6. A rip in muslin should be patched on the __________________ side of a flat.
7. What is the first thing to do when changing the blade in a power tool?
8. Below is a drawing of a step unit. Please label all parts as indicated.
9. Why should the rails extend the entire distance of the bottom of the flat, instead of making the rails less
wide and extending the stiles to the floor?
10. Circle one: Flame proofing should be added to the upstage / downstage side of a flat.
11. When describing a step unit, what is meant by the term "run"?
12. What is a scenery jack and how is it used?
13. Describe the difference between Broadway and Hollywood style flats.
14. How many legs should be attached to a standard 4 x 8 platform?
15. Explain the difference between a dependent and an independent staircase.
16. Name two materials from which you could construct three-dimensional rocks. Chicken wire and:
17. Name four types of joints used in set construction:
18. When describing a step unit, what is meant by the term "rise"?
19. List three tools that could be used to cut a circle in 3/4" plywood.
20. Below is a drawing of a flat. Please label al l parts and draw in
all missing items.
1. Define the following types of props; give two examples of each:
2. What kinds of effects are part of the props department? Give an example:
3. A production calls for "snow". Of what material might it be made?
4. What method can be used to make snow fall?
5. The base falls off the nutcracker doll seven minutes before it has to make its entrance. What kind of glue
should you use to repair it?
6. True / False: It is the job of the Props Department to sweep and mop the floor.
7. What should the props department do with sharp hand props?
8. After setting the piano for a recital, what should the prop master do to it next?
9. What should a prop master place on the speaker's lectern or on a table next to the lectern?
10. What is a break-away?
11. What is a practical?
12. Why is or why not is it permissible to allow individuals to sit on show furniture?
13.True / False: It is the prop master’s job to set the orchestra pit before the show.
14. What should the prop master do to a picture with glass in it, and why?
15. True / False: The prop master must deal with the on-stage intercom.
16. How do you mark the placement of furniture or set pieces?
17. Name the three primary colors of pigment.
18. What is the first thing to do after painting a prop?
19. What are three precautions that should be taken when using spray paints?
20. Describe the job duties of a “runner”?
21. Define the following terms:
22. Marley is the generic term for what?
23. Other than handling show props, list four other duties of a Prop person.
24. Define the following terms:
1. If you were a “House Electrician”, what is the minimum size wire
you can use to tie -in a 400 amp service?
2. If you were a “House Electrician”, what is the
minimum size wire you can use to tie -in a 200 amp service?
3. If you were a “House Electrician”, what is the
minimum size wire you can use to tie -in a 100 amp service?
4. If you were a “House Electrician”, what is the
minimum size wire you can use to tie -in a 50 amp service?
5. What is the minimum size wire you can use for a 20 amp load?
6. Name the colors of a 117/208 volt three-phase, five wire
7. If you were a House Electrician with a 117/208 volt three-phase, five wire “wye” service, what voltage would
you expect to find between the:
8. What is the first thing a House Electrician should do after connecting the tails to a disconnect?
9. Using Leg A, Leg B, Leg C, Neutral, and Ground to designate the terminations, in what order should a
House Electrician should connect feeder cables to tails?
10. After you have tied in rigging power as house electrician, the road electrician informs you that the motors are running backwards. Using the colors: Red, Green, Black, Blue, and White , which of the two colors could be inverted to rectify this problem?
11. How many of the following instruments can be safely controlled by a 2.4
12. True or False: Placing an electrical motor under the control of an SCR is acceptable if a phantom load is
hooked up in parallel.
13. Explain the fundamental difference(s) between altering a cue in the stage and blind modes of a
computer lighting console.
14. What capacity fuse would you use to protect a 2000 watt circuit?
15. The first electric is the farthest _________________ electric batten.
16. What device is used to connect multiple instruments together to one circuit or cable?
17. A standard 2-pin-and-ground connector has a _______ amp rating.
18. Match wire color to the correct pins on a standard 2-pin-and-ground stage connector,
(aka NEMA 5T-20).
19. Using "S" for a single pole switch, "F" for a fuse, and "L" for a lamp, draw a simple and legal two-wire
electrical circuit. Label one of the plug's prongs "hot" and the other "neutral".
20. How do you “spot” a Fresnel?
21. What are the instruments on booms and ladders in the wings called?
22. What is the best device to use to keep an electric batten from rolling?
23. Using R for red, G for green, and B for blue, indicate on the drawing
below how a three-circuit Border light should be colored.
24. Some arc spots use a rectifier to convert _______ current to _______ current.
25. How is an arc lamp dimmed?
26. The load capacity of #18 wire is _____________ that of #22 wire.
27. True or False: A xenon follow spot should be shut down whenever possible to save the lamp.
28. True or False: The ground wire connects to the neutral buss at the company switch.
29. Name the three primary colors of light.
30. Explain the difference between a dimmer and a control channel.
31. What is tracking, and how have electronic lighting consoles made
32. Lighting a scrim from the back makes it _________ and lighting it from the front makes it _________.
33. Which theatrical material has the lowest reflectance value?
34. What is the difference between a boom and a rail ?
35. Describe a Color Scroller:
36. Besides a power cable, what other connection is required to operate
scrollers or moving lights?
37. Why should electrics systems and sound systems use separate power supplies?
38. What is a fan-out or breakout?
39. What is a meat rack?
40. What are the functions of the three controls on top of a professional follow
41. Explain color temperature:
42. The _________________ of light is the most important concern when designing television lighting.
43. A Sub-Master on a lighting console is used to:
44. What are pipe ends?
45. In a 6 x 9 ellipsoidal, the first number refers to:
The second number refers to:
46. Circle one: From the same distance, a (6 X 9)/ (6 x 12) would produce a larger pool of light.
47. Circle one: From the same distance, a (26 degree)/(36 degree) would produce a larger pool of light.
48. During focus the LD tells you to "spin the bottle". You should:
49. During focus the LD tells you to "flag the instrument". You should:
50. What does LED stand for?
51. Using the terms listed below, define each of the following drawings.
Moving Head, PAR can, Fresnel, Moving Mirror, Leko
52. After hanging a moving head unit, what four steps do you perform?
53. What is the current industry standard data protocol used to control modern lighting equipment?
54. If you were asked to run a data cable to the output of a lighting console, scroller power supply, or DMX repeater/splitter, you would run the ____________ end of the data cable.
55. You open a road box and find the feeder cables have male “Hot” connectors on top. You would run this end of the cable to the ________________________.
56. You have a female “Hot” Cam-Lock connector in your hand. This would plug into the ___________.
57. Describe the differences between Circuit No., Dimmer No., and Channel No. :
58. A moving light ”attribute” is?
59. The primary usage of the connector, shown below, in theatrical lighting
60. The primary usage of the connector, shown below, in theatrical lighting is:
61. The production needs smoke or steam on stage. How might you accomplish this?
62. List three precautions when using dry ice:
63. The male end of a data cable is attached to the _________________ of a device.
1. True/False: You should cut the grounding pin off a power cord to get rid of an annoying buzz.
2. Number the proper steps to turn on/turn off of a sound system.
3. What are the two types of mic elements used most often?
4. True / False: You should test a mic by blowing into it.
5. Which side of a PCC mic should be pointed at the talent?
6. With a wireless microphone, what type of receiver performs best?
7. What is the function of a Direct Box, (DI)?
8. What happens to two identical signals that are 180 out of phase?
9. Why is the polarity of speaker connections important?
10. What are the three most important guidelines for feedback control?
11. Number the signal path from input to output.
12. What is a graphic equalizer?
13. What does a power amplifier do?
14. What is clipping?
15. (True / False): You can connect in parallel as many speakers as you want to a power amplifier.
16. What are a common uses of a 70 volt sound system?
17. What does a crossover do?
18. What are the two types of crossovers?
19. What is an audio snake?
20. What is added to the signal path to make under -balcony speakers work properly?
21. What does MIDI stand for?
22. What can MIDI control besides keyboards?
23. Explain the difference of the Pre/Post button on a mixing console.
24. What do you do when finished talking on a headset, or before you take it off?
25. What is phantom power, and what is its typical voltage?
26. What type of microphone requires phantom power?
27. True / False: You can run a Genie lift over a snake as long as the outer insulation is not damaged.
28. You are standing onstage with a microphone cable in your hand. Which end do you run to the
29. Using the illustration below, complete the drum set list, using the names specified, in typical wiring order.
Drum Set Input List
NOTE: connecters are not to scale.
9.True or False. If a sound system does not require the use of an equalizer, a microphone can be plugged directly into a power amplifier.
10. What does a power amplifier do, and where is it placed in
the signal chain?
11. What does a crossover do?
12. What is the advantage of a bi-amped system over a full range system, and what component is necessary for the former to function?
13.Number the following steps to power down a sound system.
_____ turn off equalizers
_____ turn off mixers
_____ turn off amplifiers
_____ disconnect AC power
14. Where is the ideal location for a soundman to mix a show?
15. True or False. It is advisable to parallel microphones. Why or why not?
16. What does an equalizer do?
17. Why do soundmen try to EQ a sound system as flat as possible?
18. What do professional stagehands do immediately after communicating on the intercom system?
19. Define phantom power, and explain what type of microphone requires
20. In terms of a mixer pot, how many decibels must you increase a slider in order to double the sound level?
21. How do a PZM and a PCC microphone function, and what do the acronyms stand for?
22. WHAT DOES EACH LABELED KNOB, BUTTON OR FADER DO?
WHAT DOES EACH KNOB, BUTTON OR FADER DO?
WHAT DOES EACH INPUT JACK DO?
1. A positive locking connector for video cable is called:
2. A "grip" on a video shoot is usually the person who?
3. What is the miniature microphone used to "mike" the "talent" called?
4. Using a typical three instrument set-up to light the video set, your back-light, fill-light and key-light are 1000 watts each. What circuit or combination of circuits must you have to avoid tripping 20 amp breakers?
5. What is the maximum wattage a 20 amp circuit will handle?
6. Drawn below is a basic video lighting scheme. Match the appropriate names for the various lights using three of the following possible choices?
7. What is the most important thing to remember during a "take"?
8. The director has asked that the key-light be softened. What do you use to bring the intensity down?
9. Before each scene is shot the cameraman asks that a white card be placed in front of the lens.
He flips some switches and white balances the camera. Why is this done?
10. In the video projection formula, T = F * W, define what each letter
11. Video standards, in the United States, have two aspect ratios.
12. What is Chroma-Key?
13. True / False: You can hang a rear projection screen upside down without affecting the projected image.
14. If requested to “Pan” a camera you would?
15. “I-Mag” is short for:
16. Two of the most common video connectors illustrated below. What are
their names, and
common usage? NOTE: these connectors are NOT drawn to scale.
17. Define a “Video Wall”.
18. If requested by the Video Director to “Push-In”, when
you are operating a video camera, you would:
19. Why are FOH Video cameras on elevated platforms?
20. Why would you attach a 60:1 zoom lens on a video camera?
1. What is the proper attire for a wardrobe person?
What are the duties of a wardrobe person?
Give four examples of possible assignments on a load-in.
4. Give four examples of possible assignments on a show call.
5. Give four examples of possible assignments on a load-out.
6. How can you remove wrinkles from velvet?
7. What are the basic tools that all wardrobe people should carry on all
8. You are assigned to iron dress shirts. What should you ask the supervisor before you begin?
9. Why is ironing a shirt by: Collar, cuff and sleeve, other cuff and sleeve, yoke, front panel,
back panel, other front panel the best method?
10. How would you iron unidentified fabric?
11. How would you zip a tight body suit?
How would you free a stuck zipper?
13. What is a Wardrobe preset?
14. What is a “dead costume”?
15. What is a “dresser track”?
16. Define “under dress” and why is it used?
17. List at least two safety precautions when using a steamer.
18. What is a drop cloth?
19. What are “pit pads” and why are they used?
20. If you need tables and chairs for quick change areas, from which
department do you get them?
21. As a general rule, how many irons or steamers can you plug into one outlet
at a time?
22. What is a gondola?
23. What does it mean if you are told to hang costumes “chest
24. How do you hang pants with a crease in the leg?
25. How do you hang pants with no creases in the leg?
26. Define the term “Puddling”
Identify the hardware on the following two pages: