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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Anytime anyone does what, "that's a counterforce"?
(a) Narrates the back-story.
(b) Tells the truth.
(c) Extols empathy.
(d) Shows emotion.

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

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

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

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

7. Counterculture architecture was based on designing buildings based on what?
(a) The setting.
(b) The weather.
(c) The natural surroundings.
(d) How the architect felt.

8. What is the period after you've finished the shot list and before you go into shooting?
(a) Preproduction.
(b) Preptime.
(c) Postproduction.
(d) Designer Meetings.

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

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

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

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

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

14. Sometimes, Mamet says in Chapter 3, the piece (film) will do what?
(a) Create roadblocks.
(b) Fight back against you.
(c) Work with you.
(d) Create impediments.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a progression toward the simplest, most ordered state, according to Mamet in Chapter 2?

2. Mamet says the audience requires not information, but what?

3. What does Mamet say is the ordering of unrelated events or ideas or images in favor of an overriding preconception?

4. What was Hitchcock's phrase for the thing which the protagonist is chasing?

5. Who wrote The Uses of Enchantment?

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