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

2. Which of the following is mentioned as one of the director's greatest works?

3. Lynch's brother found a _____ that belonged to Lynch as a child.

4. According to Lynch, negativity is ____.

5. What is the name of the movie produced but not written by Lynch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Another happy accident involves the airing of Lynch's famous "Twin Peaks." Explain Lynch's story.

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

3. What are typical emotions regarding the completion of a creative project?

4. 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?

5. What is the preferred alternative to tapping into one's creative center?

6. Describe the room in the TV show that ending up integral to the plot.

7. Explain Lynch's interaction with director Stanley Kubrick.

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

9. Lynch is known for producing "dark" films. What is the common response Lynch draws from people on this subject?

10. Explain one of the "happy accidents" Lynch refers to in his work. What was the scenario?

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

Lynch claims that one's "art life" requires the art to come first? What does Lynch mean by that statement? What part of the artist's life is the most important? How does it fit in to every day life? Is it possible to create a balance and/or a compromise? How? What are the consequences of not making art first in one's life? What are the benefits? What are Lynch's thoughts on the subject? How did putting art first make a difference in Lynch's creativity and career?

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