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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. At the end of the film, Lynch had lost the right to make the ______.

2. Where did Lynch spend a great deal of time as a child?

3. What is the name of the friend Lynch met in the new neighborhood?

4. What is the final destination for one that practices TM?

5. Lynch takes great joy in which kind of art?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the western world educated about Transcendental Meditation? Who was the teacher? When was TM introduced to the US?

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

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

4. Why does Lynch discount it when people say they are not informed enough to interpret cinema? What is a common bond between viewers?

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

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

7. Explain Lynch's attachment to anger and the project that evolved from that anger.

8. What event caused Lynch to change his mind?

9. Why does Lynch believe that every film is an experiment? What happens if the experiment fails?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lynch discusses various encounters with his favorite film directors. Lynch's favorite film directors include such iconic cinematographers Billy Wilder, Frederico Fellini, and Stanly Kubrick. Explore Lynch's interactions with each man and how those experiences affected Lynch and his work. Also examine the filmmaker's opinions on Lynch and his work.

Essay Topic 2

The author discusses an unusual incident with Polish actor and friend Krzysztof Majchrzak. Why did Lynch bring Majchrzak into the shoot? What did Majchrzak have to offer than American actors did not? Who/what arrived along with Majchrzak? Discuss the scene in which Lynch had to dissuade Majchrzak from wearing the strange sunglasses. What was the compromise? What was the final result of Lynch's work with Majchrzak?

Essay Topic 3

"Stay true to yourself" is one of Lynch's favorite mantras. Explain what Lynch means and why it is important. How does honoring your own creativity and spirit benefit your life and in what ways? What happens when one does not stay true to oneself? Is it possible to compromise and still be true to yourself? What is the difference between editing and compromising your vision? Does one have to compromise or give up one's vision in order to create a commercial work? How did Lynch face this issue early in his career? Does Lynch regret any decisions he made in this regard? How do you feel about staying true despite the consequences?

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