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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Mamet, film schools are basically what?
(a) Illuminating.
(b) Expensive.
(c) Instructive.
(d) Useless.

2. 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) Compass.
(c) Structure.
(d) Map.

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

4. The smallest unit is the shot; the largest unit is what?
(a) The ending.
(b) The film.
(c) The scene.
(d) The beat.

5. What is the term Mamet used for the protagonist's ultimate goal in the scene in Chapter 2?
(a) Superobjective.
(b) Action.
(c) Objective.
(d) Motivation.

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

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

8. What is the term for the thing which stands in the way of the protagonist?
(a) Action.
(b) Objective.
(c) Obstacle.
(d) Conflict.

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

10. According to Mamet, most movie scripts are written for an audience of what?
(a) Cinematographers.
(b) Studio executives.
(c) Actors.
(d) Directors.

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

12. The movie, more than what, is closer to simple storytelling?
(a) A novel.
(b) A television show.
(c) A memoir.
(d) A play.

13. According to Mamet, he lived in a house that was how many years old at the time this book was written?
(a) 100.
(b) 200.
(c) 50.
(d) 10.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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."

2. Anytime anyone does what, "that's a counterforce"?

3. 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."

4. Chair makers, until the turn of the century, made their chairs without what?

5. The purpose of technique is to free the what?

(see the answer keys)

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