Catching the Big Fish Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is another name for the final destination?

2. Lynch believes that TM can help a person regain which of the following:

3. Which branch of science is referred to in this section?

4. Which is referenced in relation to the arrival of an idea?

5. What did Lynch create almost by accident?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example does Lynch use to illustrate this point? What was the outcome?

2. What is another example of Lynch's "marriage theory?"

3. What is the purpose of TM? What is the pay off for committing to the practice?

4. How did TM affect Lynch's relationship with negativity?

5. What is Lynch's opinion of sound in film?

6. Give an example of Lynch's policy on actors regarding the lead in "Blue Velvet."

7. What is the author's opinion on the amount of control a director should have over a film? What is Lynch's explanation?

8. How does Lynch choose actors? List at least one of the criteria for being chosen by Lynch.

9. Explain Lynch's opinion on choosing the right music for a score.

10. What creates an initial idea? How do bigger ideas come into reality? How does Lynch feel about idea fragments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Lynch has a longstanding working relationship with the actress Laura Dern. Examine Lynch's work with Dern. Why was it important for Lynch to work with Dern? What is the level of Dern's acting experience? What does Dern bring to the films that other actresses may not? In which films did Dern appear? Write a 500 word essay on Dern's work with Lynch. Include biographical information on Dern.

Essay Topic 2

Lynch believes he has found the answer to curing his issues with anger and depression. Discuss Lynch's lifelong battle with anger and depression. What do you think caused those issues? What are the symptoms? What are the outward signs? What is the Suffocating Rubber Clown Suit of Negativity? How did those issues affect Lynch's person and professional lives? What types of things did Lynch do to try to combat those issues? What was most successful? What was the least successful? What was Lynch's ultimate discovery in battling anger and depression?

Essay Topic 3

Toward the end of the book, Lynch claims that film as a medium is dead for him. What does Lynch mean by this statement? How can film be a "dead medium?" What has replaced film in Lynch's life? What caused the shift? Do you think the new pursuit is better or worse than film? Which process is the most creative? Which offers the most creative freedom? How does Lynch plan to switch over to the new medium? How do you think Lynch's fans will respond to the change? Has Lynch created any recent work using the new medium?

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