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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. How many films had David Mamet directed at the time that the book was written?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Six.

2. What was the third beat about in the hypothetical film in Chapter 2?
(a) Waiting.
(b) Preparing.
(c) Respect.
(d) Homage.

3. What is another term for "looping"?
(a) Voiceover.
(b) Steadicam.
(c) ADR.
(d) Editing.

4. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?
(a) Cut.
(b) Narrate.
(c) Flesh out stories.
(d) Create characters.

5. What craft did Mamet say he does sometimes in Chapter 3?
(a) Carves wood.
(b) Sculpts.
(c) Writes poetry.
(d) Paints.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?

2. According to Mamet, the storyteller did NOT need something in Chapter 2. What was it?

3. What is the term for the thing which stands in the way of the protagonist?

4. In the scenario in Chapter 2, how early did the protagonist arrive to the class?

5. According to Mamet, when the film is correctly ____, the subconscious and the conscious are in alignment.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Mamet say in terms of withholding information from the audience, in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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