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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, "It's always up to you whether you are going to tell a story through a ____ of shots or you are not."
(a) Juxtaposition.
(b) Variety.
(c) Selection.
(d) Series.

2. When the farmer saw the man on the road, how did Mamet refer to this beat?
(a) Gaining a foothold.
(b) Capitalizing on a golden opportunity.
(c) Gaining respect.
(d) Selling the animal.

3. Mamet says in Chapter 4 that movies are made out of what?
(a) Elaborate stories.
(b) Epic dramas.
(c) Very simple ideas.
(d) Heroic struggles.

4. Mamet says that if you are telling the story with pictures, the dialogue is the sprinkles on the what?
(a) Ice cream cone.
(b) Cake.
(c) Icing.
(d) Cupcake.

5. Mamet made the analogy in Chapter 4, "if the house is going to stand, the nail must do the work of ____."
(a) A beam.
(b) A hammer.
(c) A slat.
(d) A nail.

6. Oedipus is the model of all tragedy, according to whom?
(a) Euripides.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Plato.

7. Mamet recommended the book A Practical Handbook for the Actor, written by whom?
(a) Bruder, Cohn, Olnek, et al.
(b) Meisner, Adler, et al.
(c) Mamet, Eisenstein, Olnek.
(d) Bruder, Eisenstein.

8. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, the "hope that God will intervene and save you" is what most people mean when they talk about what?
(a) Skill.
(b) Talent.
(c) Luck.
(d) Craft.

9. What does Mamet say is useless filler in film, and the giveaway to a joke's punch line, in Chapter 5?
(a) Drama.
(b) Exposition.
(c) Obstacle.
(d) Signposts.

10. According to Mamet, he's seen directors do how many takes of a shot?
(a) Seventy.
(b) Sixty.
(c) Ten.
(d) Twenty.

11. What is the book of pictures of shots of a film called?
(a) The storyboard.
(b) The book.
(c) The prompt book.
(d) The set design.

12. Who directed Casablanca?
(a) Michael Curtiz.
(b) Milton Gladstone.
(c) Miles Herzog.
(d) Frank Capra.

13. According to Mamet in Chapter 4, "If you don't know what you want, how can you know when _____?"
(a) To edit.
(b) You're done.
(c) To stop.
(d) To begin.

14. Mamet says the reason we like those old-time movie stars so much is that they are what?
(a) Elaborate.
(b) Concrete.
(c) Simple.
(d) Honest.

15. Mamet says of film directing and screenwriting that they are what?
(a) Controlling.
(b) Very different.
(c) The same trade.
(d) Exact sciences.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mamet says that it's not the actor's job to be emotional. It's the actor's job to be what?

2. Mamet says in Chapter 6 that to "Understand your specific task, work until it's done, and then stop" is the same as what?

3. What did the pig have around its neck in the hypothetical film from Chapter 5?

4. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, we would like to learn a technique of directing and analyzing as concrete as that of a what?

5. According to Mamet, what actor did he laud for his simplicity in a scene which involved the Nazis, in Chapter 4?

(see the answer keys)

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