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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who characterized the notion of "judge of yourself"?
(a) Stanislavsky.
(b) Herzog.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Eisenstein.

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

3. Sometimes, Mamet says in Chapter 3, the piece (film) will do what?
(a) Create roadblocks.
(b) Work with you.
(c) Create impediments.
(d) Fight back against you.

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

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

6. How many films had David Mamet directed at the time that the book was written?
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) One.
(d) Six.

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

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

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

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

11. According to Mamet, you can't rely on the ________ to tell the story. Which of these is the correct answer?
(a) Shots.
(b) Acting.
(c) Beats.
(d) Direction.

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) Created.
(b) Attained.
(c) Manifested.
(d) Established.

13. What kind of camera has helped in injuring the cinema, according to Mamet?
(a) The steadycam.
(b) The digital camera.
(c) The dollycam.
(d) The zoomcam.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?

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. The purpose of technique is to free the what?

4. What craft did Mamet say he does sometimes in Chapter 3?

5. 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."

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