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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. Who characterized the notion of "judge of yourself"?
(a) Eisenstein.
(b) Stanislavsky.
(c) Herzog.
(d) Hemingway.

2. What does Mamet say is a bad idea for the third beat in Chapter 2?
(a) Arriving early.
(b) Gaining respect.
(c) Preparing.
(d) Waiting.

3. Where did Mamet go to college?
(a) Vermont.
(b) New York.
(c) Maine.
(d) Boston.

4. A film is basically what, according to Mamet?
(a) A design.
(b) An art form.
(c) A play.
(d) A map.

5. Who wrote The Profession of the Stage?
(a) Michael Chekhov.
(b) Constantin Stanislavski.
(c) Georgi Tovstonogov.
(d) Andreas Tovstonogov.

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. Who wrote The Uses of Enchantment?

3. How many films had David Mamet directed at the time that the book was written?

4. What is the term which refers to the protagonist's immediate goal?

5. 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."

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mamet write about drama school and film school in Chapter 1?

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

3. What does Mamet say regarding the juxtaposition of uninflected images in Chapter 3?

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

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

6. What writers and filmmakers did Mamet refer to in the Preface and Chapter 1 regarding screenwriting and film direction?

7. What was Mamet's rule of thumb for cutting extraneous material from a film?

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

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

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

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