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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, what was his response to "lovely enthusiasts who will aver that the purpose of modern art is not to be liked"?
(a) "Learn a craft."
(b) "Get a life."
(c) "Let's get it over with."
(d) "Oh, grow up."

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

3. What is the first way suggested by students in the class for shooting a scene of a bunch of people coming to class?
(a) At head level.
(b) From below.
(c) From above.
(d) As a closeup.

4. 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."
(a) The MacGuffin.
(b) The action.
(c) The next essential step.
(d) The essential truth.

5. Chair makers, until the turn of the century, made their chairs without what?
(a) Glue.
(b) Crossbars.
(c) Beams.
(d) Nails.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Mamet write the Preface of the book?

2. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?

3. 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"?

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

5. In Chapter 2, Mamet says that it's impossible to make a character what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What analogy did Mamet give that involves Stanislavsky, in Chapter 6?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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