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

2. Mamet says in Chapter 1 that if the film follows the protagonist around, what he does had better be what?
(a) Active.
(b) Interesting.
(c) Narrating.
(d) Heroic.

3. What is the main shot of any given scene?
(a) The main.
(b) The principle.
(c) The master.
(d) The focus.

4. 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) Structure.
(b) Craft.
(c) Map.
(d) Compass.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, if you want to build a roof, it might be a good idea to understand about the effects of what?

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

3. What kind of camera has helped in injuring the cinema, according to Mamet?

4. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?

5. What logical construct did Mamet use to explain the system of film-making in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the backdrop of On Directing Film? From what setting did the author base the text?

2. What did Mamet write in the Preface regarding the blind author who decided to become a screenwriter?

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

4. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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

6. What did Mamet write of producers in Chapter 2?

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

8. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

9. What is a "MacGuffin", and who coined this phrase?

10. Describe how film is like a design.

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