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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What can you not rely on on to make the film more interesting, according to Mamet in Chapter 6?
(a) The sound technician.
(b) The actors.
(c) The camera operator.
(d) The director.

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

3. The only reason characters speak is what?
(a) To express exposition.
(b) To narrate.
(c) To tell a story.
(d) To get what they want.

4. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, you can't make it interesting once you get where?
(a) The blueprint board.
(b) The sound stage.
(c) The editing room.
(d) The storyboard room.

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

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

7. What did Stanislavsky ask the steamboat captain, according to Mamet in Chapter 6?
(a) How he didn't get lost.
(b) How he steered the boat safely.
(c) How he maintained a living.
(d) How he kept from getting seasick.

8. What was the last beat about in the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?
(a) A man rewards a good deed.
(b) A man sells a pig.
(c) A man sells a goat.
(d) A man saves the day.

9. What is Dumbo's problem, according to Mamet?
(a) He can't fly.
(b) He has low self-esteem.
(c) He lost his feather.
(d) He has big ears.

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

11. What example did Mamet use in Chapter 4 to demonstrate how you don't or do shoot a scene?
(a) A cartoon.
(b) A documentary.
(c) A pig farmer.
(d) A car crash.

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

13. According to Mamet in Chapter 6, it is the pursuit of what that is important?
(a) An ideal.
(b) Truth.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Creativitiy.

14. What does Mamet say that dramatic analysis is like in Chapter 6?
(a) Critical thinking.
(b) Plotting a compass course.
(c) Solving a math equation.
(d) Literary analysis.

15. Mamet says that it's not the actor's job to be emotional. It's the actor's job to be what?
(a) Direct.
(b) Honest.
(c) In the scene.
(d) In character.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do actors erroneously try to use their intellectuality to do?

2. Once the story has found an ending, Mamet says you can look back over the shot list and answer what question?

3. Mamet compared the work of the film director to what, in Chapter 6?

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

5. What does Mamet say that he defies anyone to act in Chapter 4?

(see the answer keys)

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