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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."
(a) Honor.
(b) Respect.
(c) Empathy.
(d) Truth.

2. Who said, "Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works"?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Fitzgerald.
(c) Chekhov.
(d) Stanislavski.

3. In what year did Mamet write the Preface of the book?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1995.
(c) 1988.
(d) 1985.

4. The smallest unit is the shot; the largest unit is what?
(a) The ending.
(b) The scene.
(c) The film.
(d) The beat.

5. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?
(a) Play directors.
(b) Actors.
(c) Animators.
(d) Documentary film-makers.

6. Who wrote The Profession of the Stage?
(a) Michael Chekhov.
(b) Andreas Tovstonogov.
(c) Georgi Tovstonogov.
(d) Constantin Stanislavski.

7. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Plato.
(d) Sophocles.

8. Screenwriting is a craft based on what?
(a) Exposition.
(b) Logic.
(c) Science.
(d) Narration.

9. According to Mamet, you can't rely on the ________ to tell the story. Which of these is the correct answer?
(a) Shots.
(b) Beats.
(c) Direction.
(d) Acting.

10. Who did Mamet cite in saying that we needn't avoid things just because they're cliche?
(a) Stanislavsky.
(b) Eisenstein.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Aristotle.

11. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?
(a) Creator.
(b) Auteur.
(c) Collaborator.
(d) Artiste.

12. According to Mamet, when the film is correctly ____, the subconscious and the conscious are in alignment.
(a) Arranged.
(b) Planned.
(c) Designed.
(d) Prepared.

13. According to Mamet, the storyteller did NOT need something in Chapter 2. What was it?
(a) Back-story.
(b) Entropy.
(c) Alliteration.
(d) Characterization.

14. What is the main shot of any given scene?
(a) The principle.
(b) The focus.
(c) The master.
(d) The main.

15. Mamet says the audience requires not information, but what?
(a) Exposition.
(b) Character.
(c) Narration.
(d) Drama.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 1 deals with what element of the process of directing?

2. The newspaper reviewer criticized an author for attempting screenwriting because he was nearly what?

3. Mamet says that the house has to look like a house. The ______ doesn't have to look like a house.

4. Who wrote The Uses of Enchantment?

5. Who did Mamet compare with Frank Capra in Chapter 3?

(see the answer keys)

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