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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the rule which Mamet says means "Keep it simple, stupid"?
(a) Idiot rule.
(b) KISS rule.
(c) Shooting rule.
(d) Film rule.

2. Whose method relies on a succession of images juxtaposed so that the contrast moves the story forward?
(a) Capra.
(b) Morrison.
(c) Eisenstein.
(d) Einstein.

3. What is the term which refers to the protagonist's immediate goal?
(a) Superobjective.
(b) Motivation.
(c) Obstacle.
(d) Objective.

4. In the scenario in Chapter 2, how early did the protagonist arrive to the class?
(a) 10 minutes.
(b) 30 minutes.
(c) 45 minutes.
(d) 20 minutes.

5. The movie, more than what, is closer to simple storytelling?
(a) A television show.
(b) A memoir.
(c) A play.
(d) A novel.

6. What is the term for the screening of the day's shots?
(a) Outtakes.
(b) Cuts.
(c) Dailies.
(d) Screenshots.

7. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "You tax the audience every time you don't move on to _______ of the progression as quickly as possible."
(a) The next essential step.
(b) The action.
(c) The MacGuffin.
(d) The essential truth.

8. All the audience cares about is the what, according to Mamet?
(a) Protagonist.
(b) Narration.
(c) Objective.
(d) Thrust of the scene.

9. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "In addition to what you will or not learn about the medium through your desire to understand it, that desire itself will be ______."
(a) Manifested.
(b) Attained.
(c) Created.
(d) Established.

10. What does Mamet say is the ordering of unrelated events or ideas or images in favor of an overriding preconception?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Articulation.
(d) Neurosis.

11. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, if you want to build a roof, it might be a good idea to understand about the effects of what?
(a) Weather.
(b) Support beams.
(c) Precipitation.
(d) Sunlight.

12. What kind of camera has helped in injuring the cinema, according to Mamet?
(a) The dollycam.
(b) The steadycam.
(c) The digital camera.
(d) The zoomcam.

13. What was Hitchcock's phrase for the thing which the protagonist is chasing?
(a) Objective.
(b) MacDufflin.
(c) MacGriffin.
(d) MacGuffin.

14. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?
(a) Create characters.
(b) Narrate.
(c) Flesh out stories.
(d) Cut.

15. Mamet says that the house has to look like a house. The ______ doesn't have to look like a house.
(a) The steps.
(b) The door.
(c) The window.
(d) Nail.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chair makers, until the turn of the century, made their chairs without what?

2. Where was Mamet teaching in the fall of 1987?

3. Mamet says in Chapter 3 that it is the nature of human perception to go to what?

4. Who said the following: when we have two theories, each of which adequately describes a phenomenon, always pick the simpler?

5. Who said of American films that they were all "pictures of people talking"?

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