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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The second beat of the hypothetical scene in Chapter 2 was to what?
(a) To gain respect.
(b) To pay homage.
(c) To arrive early.
(d) To prepare.

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

5. What is the term for the screening of the day's shots?
(a) Outtakes.
(b) Dailies.
(c) Screenshots.
(d) Cuts.

6. What unit does the director want to concern himself with?
(a) The scene.
(b) The shot.
(c) The beat.
(d) The film.

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

8. What does Mamet say most modern art is based around?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Political reasons.
(c) Self-indulgence.
(d) Creativity.

9. What was Hitchcock's phrase for the thing which the protagonist is chasing?
(a) MacDufflin.
(b) MacGuffin.
(c) Objective.
(d) MacGriffin.

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

11. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?
(a) Collaborator.
(b) Artiste.
(c) Creator.
(d) Auteur.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In ADR, what does D stand for?

2. What kind of camera has helped in injuring the cinema, according to Mamet?

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

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

5. According to Mamet, film schools are basically what?

(see the answer keys)

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