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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. Who wrote The Uses of Enchantment?
(a) Bruno Eisenstein.
(b) Carl Jung.
(c) Werner Herzog.
(d) Bruno Bettelheim.

2. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "In addition to what you will or not learn about the medium through your desire to understand it, that desire itself will be ______."
(a) Manifested.
(b) Established.
(c) Attained.
(d) Created.

3. Sometimes, Mamet says in Chapter 3, the piece (film) will do what?
(a) Create impediments.
(b) Work with you.
(c) Create roadblocks.
(d) Fight back against you.

4. According to Mamet, most movie scripts are written for an audience of what?
(a) Directors.
(b) Studio executives.
(c) Cinematographers.
(d) Actors.

5. In what area did Mamet have greater experience in when writing the book?
(a) Screenwriting.
(b) Stage directing.
(c) Acting.
(d) Film criticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mamet says in Chapter 1 that if the film follows the protagonist around, what he does had better be what?

2. Who said, "Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works"?

3. The smallest unit is the shot; the largest unit is what?

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

5. Whose method relies on a succession of images juxtaposed so that the contrast moves the story forward?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how film is like a design.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

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

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

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

10. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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