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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Eisenstein claimed that the best image is a what image?
(a) Articulate.
(b) Uninflected.
(c) Inflected.
(d) Unattached.

6. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, the only thing the dramatic form is good for is what?
(a) Political gain.
(b) Telling a story.
(c) Artistic expression.
(d) Character creation.

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

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

9. According to Mamet, storytellers need to be warned against falling into what?
(a) Circularity.
(b) Narration.
(c) Characterization.
(d) Elaboration.

10. According to Mamet, the director is seen as what kind of extension of the screenwriter?
(a) Creative.
(b) Artistic.
(c) Scientific.
(d) Dionysian.

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

12. According to Mamet, when the film is correctly ____, the subconscious and the conscious are in alignment.
(a) Prepared.
(b) Designed.
(c) Arranged.
(d) Planned.

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

14. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?
(a) Animators.
(b) Play directors.
(c) Actors.
(d) Documentary film-makers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose method relies on a succession of images juxtaposed so that the contrast moves the story forward?

2. Mamet wrote, "Most _____ directors approach it by saying, 'let's follow the actors around,' as if the film were a record of what the protagonist did."

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

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

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."

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