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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, the film business is caught in a spiral of degeneracy because it is run by people who have no what?
(a) Craft.
(b) Structure.
(c) Compass.
(d) Map.

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

5. What was the third beat about in the hypothetical film in Chapter 2?
(a) Preparing.
(b) Waiting.
(c) Homage.
(d) Respect.

6. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "You tax the audience every time you don't move on to _______ of the progression as quickly as possible."
(a) The next essential step.
(b) The essential truth.
(c) The action.
(d) The MacGuffin.

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 is another term for "looping"?
(a) ADR.
(b) Steadicam.
(c) Editing.
(d) Voiceover.

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

10. Mamet's house was built without what?
(a) Wood.
(b) Brick.
(c) Metal.
(d) Nails.

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

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

13. 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.

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

15. Who wrote The Profession of the Stage?
(a) Andreas Tovstonogov.
(b) Georgi Tovstonogov.
(c) Constantin Stanislavski.
(d) Michael Chekhov.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Memories, Dream, Reflections?

2. According to Mamet, what was his response to "lovely enthusiasts who will aver that the purpose of modern art is not to be liked"?

3. What is the term Mamet used for the protagonist's ultimate goal in the scene in Chapter 2?

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

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, the only thing the dramatic form is good for is what?

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