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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. In the scenario in Chapter 2, how early did the protagonist arrive to the class?
(a) 20 minutes.
(b) 30 minutes.
(c) 45 minutes.
(d) 10 minutes.

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) Artiste.
(b) Collaborator.
(c) Creator.
(d) Auteur.

3. The purpose of technique is to free the what?
(a) Dream life.
(b) Unconscious.
(c) Conscious mind.
(d) Creativity.

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

5. What unit does the director want to concern himself with?
(a) The shot.
(b) The beat.
(c) The film.
(d) The scene.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Mamet teaching in the fall of 1987?

2. Who wrote The Uses of Enchantment?

3. Mamet says that the house has to look like a house. The ______ doesn't have to look like a house.

4. Counterculture architecture was based on designing buildings based on what?

5. What are after-the-fact attempts to shore up that which was not correctly designed in a film?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

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

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

4. What scenario did Mamet put forth to the class in Chapter 2? How did Mamet relate the suggested opening shot of this scenario to television?

5. How did Mamet explain the principle concern in choosing shots in Chapter 2?

6. Describe how film is like a design.

7. How did Mamet relate the "School of Countercultural Architecture" to film directing?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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