Catching the Big Fish Test | Final 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. ______ is crucial to a person's ability to function.

2. When the right elements come together, it is referred to as being which of the following:

3. Lynch's favorite piece of advice is which of the following:

4. The man's work was thought to be _____.

5. Lynch believes that everyone affects which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can one live the art life and be true to one's own creativity without starving to death?

2. Why is it important to set the scene using every day items?

3. Discuss Lynch's first attempt at creating a digital film for the Internet. What caused the project to go in a different direction?

4. Why does Lynch vehemently object to directors adding commentary to their films?

5. How do people typically react toward someone that practices TM?

6. A popular misconception about artists is that they must know suffering and angst in order to be prolific. What does this mean? Is it an accurate statement?

7. Everyone wants world peace. How does Lynch help the cause?

8. Discuss the first two directors referred to by Lynch. Why does Lynch idolize these men and their work?

9. What are Lynch's thoughts regarding success and failure?

10. During the shooting of Inland Empire, Lynch received confirmation on one popular theory. What was the theory and who was involved?

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

The term "psychogenic fugue" is used in regards to the film "Lost Highways." What is a psychogenic fugue? What does it mean? What are its symptoms? Is it dangerous? What is the medical/psychiatric explanation of a psychogenic fugue? How does the term apply to "Lost Highways?" What was Lynch's inspiration for the film and for the use of a psychogenic fugue?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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