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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 scene generated for the class in Chapter 2, what did the protagonist want?
(a) The teacher's respect.
(b) The students' respect.
(c) To sell a pig.
(d) Money.

2. What was Hitchcock's phrase for the thing which the protagonist is chasing?
(a) Objective.
(b) MacDufflin.
(c) MacGuffin.
(d) MacGriffin.

3. In what year did Mamet write the Preface of the book?
(a) 1985.
(b) 1988.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1990.

4. All the audience cares about is the what, according to Mamet?
(a) Protagonist.
(b) Narration.
(c) Thrust of the scene.
(d) Objective.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?

2. What does Mamet say happens when the problem posited by the scene is over?

3. What does Mamet say is a bad idea for the third beat in Chapter 2?

4. What is the term which refers to the protagonist's immediate goal?

5. What is another term for "looping"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are ways that directors attempt to keep the audience's attention when the design of a film fails?

4. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

5. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe how film is like a design.

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