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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. What is the term Mamet used for the protagonist's ultimate goal in the scene in Chapter 2?
(a) Objective.
(b) Superobjective.
(c) Motivation.
(d) Action.

2. According to Mamet, when the film is correctly ____, the subconscious and the conscious are in alignment.
(a) Arranged.
(b) Designed.
(c) Planned.
(d) Prepared.

3. Counterculture architecture was based on designing buildings based on what?
(a) The setting.
(b) The weather.
(c) How the architect felt.
(d) The natural surroundings.

4. Where was Mamet teaching in the fall of 1987?
(a) NYU.
(b) Columbia.
(c) Yale.
(d) Rutgers University.

5. The second beat of the hypothetical scene in Chapter 2 was to what?
(a) To arrive early.
(b) To pay homage.
(c) To gain respect.
(d) To prepare.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mamet says the audience requires not information, but what?

2. In the scene generated for the class in Chapter 2, what did the protagonist want?

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

4. What is the term which means "it works correctly on paper but for some reason doesn't work when we get it on its feet"?

5. Mamet's house was built without what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

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

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

9. What are the different approaches Mamet discussed as methods of storytelling in film, in Chapter 1?

10. What did Mamet write in Chapter 1 regarding character description and narration?

(see the answer keys)

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