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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, the film business is caught in a spiral of degeneracy because it is run by people who have no what?
(a) Craft.
(b) Compass.
(c) Map.
(d) Structure.

2. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?
(a) Creator.
(b) Auteur.
(c) Collaborator.
(d) Artiste.

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."
(a) Honor.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Truth.
(d) Respect.

4. According to Mamet, storytellers need to be warned against falling into what?
(a) Elaboration.
(b) Narration.
(c) Characterization.
(d) Circularity.

5. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?
(a) Play directors.
(b) Animators.
(c) Actors.
(d) Documentary film-makers.

Short Answer Questions

1. The second beat of the hypothetical scene in Chapter 2 was to what?

2. According to Mamet, film schools are basically what?

3. Mamet's house was built without what?

4. Who did Mamet cite in saying that we needn't avoid things just because they're cliche?

5. What is the rule which Mamet says means "Keep it simple, stupid"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What decision did Mamet suggest is in the hands of the director, in Chapter 6?

3. Describe the objective and beats in the hypothetical film in Chapter 2.

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

5. How does Aristotle's theory of tragedy relate to the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

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

7. How did Mamet describe Eisenstein's theory of montage?

8. What did Mamet caution against with having multiple motivations for the farmer in Chapter 5?

9. What does Mamet say regarding the training of film actors in today's world?

10. Describe how film is like a design.

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