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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 K.I.S.S. Rule.
(b) The Jesus Factor.
(c) The Rule of Circularity.
(d) The Hippo Factor.

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

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

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

6. In what area did Mamet have greater experience in when writing the book?
(a) Film criticism.
(b) Acting.
(c) Screenwriting.
(d) Stage directing.

7. In the scenario in Chapter 2, how early did the protagonist arrive to the class?
(a) 10 minutes.
(b) 20 minutes.
(c) 30 minutes.
(d) 45 minutes.

8. 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) "Get a life."
(b) "Oh, grow up."
(c) "Let's get it over with."
(d) "Learn a craft."

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

10. What is a progression toward the simplest, most ordered state, according to Mamet in Chapter 2?
(a) Delineation.
(b) Entropy.
(c) Streamlining.
(d) Examination.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Mamet cite in saying that we needn't avoid things just because they're cliche?

2. Where did Mamet go to college?

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?

4. According to Mamet, he lived in a house that was how many years old at the time this book was written?

5. The movie, more than what, is closer to simple storytelling?

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