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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the first way suggested by students in the class for shooting a scene of a bunch of people coming to class?
(a) From below.
(b) As a closeup.
(c) At head level.
(d) From above.

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

3. The newspaper reviewer criticized an author for attempting screenwriting because he was nearly what?
(a) Deaf.
(b) Paralyzed.
(c) Blind.
(d) Illiterate.

4. What unit does the director want to concern himself with?
(a) The beat.
(b) The shot.
(c) The film.
(d) The scene.

5. What logical construct did Mamet use to explain the system of film-making in Chapter 3?
(a) A plus B is C.
(b) If A, then C.
(c) If A, then B.
(d) N plus R is P.

6. What is a progression toward the simplest, most ordered state, according to Mamet in Chapter 2?
(a) Examination.
(b) Streamlining.
(c) Entropy.
(d) Delineation.

7. Mamet cited Aristotle in saying there is no such thing as what?
(a) A tragic ending.
(b) Plot.
(c) A happy ending.
(d) Character.

8. Mamet says you should always do things in what way, in order to make the best movie?
(a) The least interesting way.
(b) The most frugal way.
(c) The most interesting way.
(d) The most artistic way.

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

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

11. What does Mamet say most modern art is based around?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Political reasons.
(c) Self-indulgence.
(d) Creativity.

12. In ADR, what does D stand for?
(a) Dictation.
(b) Density.
(c) Dialogue.
(d) Drive.

13. The second beat of the hypothetical scene in Chapter 2 was to what?
(a) To pay homage.
(b) To gain respect.
(c) To arrive early.
(d) To prepare.

14. What are after-the-fact attempts to shore up that which was not correctly designed in a film?
(a) Narration.
(b) Signs.
(c) Exposition.
(d) Editing.

15. Who said the following: when we have two theories, each of which adequately describes a phenomenon, always pick the simpler?
(a) Eisenstein.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) William of Occam.
(d) Einstein.

Short Answer Questions

1. A film is basically what, according to Mamet?

2. What is the term which means "it works correctly on paper but for some reason doesn't work when we get it on its feet"?

3. What is another term for "looping"?

4. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, he challenges the way people talk about any performance artist and the way they talk about whom?

5. According to Mamet, it is essential to cut that which has what to us?

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