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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Mamet says you should always do things in what way, in order to make the best movie?
(a) The most interesting way.
(b) The most frugal way.
(c) The most artistic way.
(d) The least interesting way.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mamet, you always want to tell a story in what?

2. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, he challenges the way people talk about any performance artist and the way they talk about whom?

3. 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 ______."

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

5. Who did Mamet compare with Frank Capra in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mamet describe film in terms of syllogism in Chapter 3?

2. What are ways that directors attempt to keep the audience's attention when the design of a film fails?

3. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

4. What did Mamet cite from the book, "The Uses of Enchantment" in Chapter 2?

5. Describe Mamet's discussion of understanding precipitation in architecture in Chapter 3.

6. How was the hypothetical film shot in Chapter 2?

7. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

8. How did the class progress in the details of their hypothetical film in Chapter 2?

9. How did Mamet describe human nature in piecing together stories from film?

10. What did Mamet write regarding dreams and film in Chapter 1?

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