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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Mamet, what was his response to "lovely enthusiasts who will aver that the purpose of modern art is not to be liked"?
(a) "Let's get it over with."
(b) "Learn a craft."
(c) "Get a life."
(d) "Oh, grow up."

5. In the scene generated for the class in Chapter 2, what did the protagonist want?
(a) Money.
(b) To sell a pig.
(c) The students' respect.
(d) The teacher's respect.

6. 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) Established.
(c) Attained.
(d) Created.

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

8. Who said of American films that they were all "pictures of people talking"?
(a) Alfred Hitchcock.
(b) Eisenstein.
(c) Herzog.
(d) Frank Capra.

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

10. What is the term Mamet used for the protagonist's ultimate goal in the scene in Chapter 2?
(a) Objective.
(b) Action.
(c) Motivation.
(d) Superobjective.

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

12. What does Mamet say happens when the problem posited by the scene is over?
(a) The objective is attained.
(b) The scene is over.
(c) The film is over.
(d) The next scene begins.

13. Where was Mamet teaching in the fall of 1987?
(a) Columbia.
(b) Yale.
(c) NYU.
(d) Rutgers University.

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

15. What does Mamet say is a bad idea for the third beat in Chapter 2?
(a) Arriving early.
(b) Waiting.
(c) Gaining respect.
(d) Preparing.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the first way suggested by students in the class for shooting a scene of a bunch of people coming to class?

3. Anytime anyone does what, "that's a counterforce"?

4. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?

5. Who directed the film Places in the Heart?

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