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. Lynch was forced to give in and get a job selling which publication?

2. Which of the following has a language all its own?

3. Which two things must come together to give birth to creativity?

4. Lynch believes that creating a bad film is like:

5. The author believes that life is filled with ____.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how and why Lynch changed his thinking regarding TM.

2. Who showed the scientific community proof that transcending is a real and measurable thing? How was it proven?

3. Why does Lynch see "Eraserhead" as a spiritual movie? What inspired Lynch to pull it all together and finish the film?

4. What was Lynch's first impression of Hollywood? What is desirable about the area?

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

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

7. What caused Lynch to put his artistic dreams on hold when he was a child?

8. What is Lynch's opinion on the marriage of emotion and intellect?

9. Discuss Lynch's first experience with Transcendental Meditation or TM. When did the experience occur? What was Lynch's opinion of the practice before he started?

10. Lynch discusses dream logic. How many times has the author experienced it? What project was he working on at the time? Who was involved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Lynch is adamantly against talking about the meaning behind his work. Lynch also frowns upon others discussing or labeling his films. Explain Lynch's reasoning for this attitude. Do you agree or disagree with Lynch? Give examples. Also give examples of films that are most often critiqued. Do you think Lynch confirms or denies anyone's opinion on his work? Do you think there is always some deep important meaning to Lynch's work? Does Lynch ever get upset by others critiquing his technical skills?

Essay Topic 2

Write a comprehensive biography on David Lynch. What information does Lynch share about his history in "Catching the Big Fish, Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity?" Include Lynch's childhood and personal experiences and how they relate to his art as well as his professional accomplishments and awards. Include an opinion on what you think Lynch may decide to do next.

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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