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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Mamet say is the ordering of unrelated events or ideas or images in favor of an overriding preconception?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Neurosis.
(c) Articulation.
(d) Empathy.

4. Mamet says that you cannot hide your what, in Chapter 3?
(a) Objective.
(b) Structure.
(c) Action.
(d) Outline.

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

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

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

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

9. Who did Mamet compare with Frank Capra in Chapter 3?
(a) Brad Commers.
(b) David Lynch.
(c) Werner Herzog.
(d) Alfred Hitchcock.

10. 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"?
(a) The Rule of Circularity.
(b) The Hippo Factor.
(c) The K.I.S.S. Rule.
(d) The Jesus Factor.

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

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

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

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

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

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. Who said the following: when we have two theories, each of which adequately describes a phenomenon, always pick the simpler?

3. Sometimes, Mamet says in Chapter 3, the piece (film) will do what?

4. What is the main shot of any given scene?

5. What is the term for the screening of the day's shots?

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