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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the term for the thing which stands in the way of the protagonist?
(a) Obstacle.
(b) Objective.
(c) Action.
(d) Conflict.

3. How many films had David Mamet directed at the time that the book was written?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) One.
(d) Six.

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

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

6. Mamet says in Chapter 3 that it is the nature of human perception to go to what?
(a) The most interesting thing.
(b) The MacGuffin.
(c) The protagonist.
(d) The back-story.

7. Chapter 1 deals with what element of the process of directing?
(a) Characterization.
(b) Structure.
(c) Storytelling.
(d) Narration.

8. In Chapter 2, Mamet says that it's impossible to make a character what?
(a) Narrate a story.
(b) Interesting in general.
(c) Carry a scene.
(d) Relatable to everyone.

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

10. Who told Alice it didn't matter which road she took, as cited by Mamet in Chapter 2?
(a) The Rabbit.
(b) The Caterpillar.
(c) The Cheshire Cat.
(d) The Mad Hatter.

11. Mamet says in Chapter 1 that it is the __________ that makes the movie. What was he talking about?
(a) Plan.
(b) Director.
(c) Shot.
(d) Actor.

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

13. A film is basically what, according to Mamet?
(a) An art form.
(b) A map.
(c) A design.
(d) A play.

14. What craft did Mamet say he does sometimes in Chapter 3?
(a) Paints.
(b) Writes poetry.
(c) Sculpts.
(d) Carves wood.

15. Who directed the film Places in the Heart?
(a) Robert Benton.
(b) Frank Capra.
(c) Alfred Hitchcock.
(d) Werner Herzog.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?

2. Screenwriting is a craft based on what?

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

4. Who did Mamet cite in saying that we needn't avoid things just because they're cliche?

5. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?

(see the answer keys)

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