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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. Mamet says in Chapter 3 that it is the nature of human perception to go to what?
(a) The protagonist.
(b) The most interesting thing.
(c) The MacGuffin.
(d) The back-story.

2. Who wrote The Profession of the Stage?
(a) Andreas Tovstonogov.
(b) Constantin Stanislavski.
(c) Michael Chekhov.
(d) Georgi Tovstonogov.

3. Who wrote Memories, Dream, Reflections?
(a) Constantin Stanislavsky.
(b) Carl Jung.
(c) Sigmund Freud.
(d) Bruno Bettelheim.

4. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?
(a) Auteur.
(b) Collaborator.
(c) Creator.
(d) Artiste.

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."
(a) Empathy.
(b) Honor.
(c) Truth.
(d) Respect.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Mamet compare with Frank Capra in Chapter 3?

2. The first beat in the hypothetical scene of Chapter 2 was to what?

3. What is the main shot of any given scene?

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

5. What was Hitchcock's phrase for the thing which the protagonist is chasing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are modern film actors lacking in their education of storytelling, according to Mamet?

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

4. What was Mamet's response to "performance art" questions which arise in shooting?

5. What did Mamet indicate is the point of view of the performance artist, in Chapter 3?

6. In the hypothetical film from Chapters 3 and 4, what would Mamet suggest as direction to the protagonist?

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

8. What writers and filmmakers did Mamet refer to in the Preface and Chapter 1 regarding screenwriting and film direction?

9. How did Mamet describe dealing with dialogue in Chapter 4?

10. What scenario did Mamet present for the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

(see the answer keys)

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