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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. The newspaper reviewer criticized an author for attempting screenwriting because he was nearly what?
(a) Paralyzed.
(b) Blind.
(c) Deaf.
(d) Illiterate.

2. What does Mamet say is the ordering of unrelated events or ideas or images in favor of an overriding preconception?
(a) Articulation.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Apathy.
(d) Neurosis.

3. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?
(a) Documentary film-makers.
(b) Play directors.
(c) Actors.
(d) Animators.

4. According to Mamet, he lived in a house that was how many years old at the time this book was written?
(a) 200.
(b) 10.
(c) 50.
(d) 100.

5. Who said of American films that they were all "pictures of people talking"?
(a) Eisenstein.
(b) Herzog.
(c) Frank Capra.
(d) Alfred Hitchcock.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Mamet cited Aristotle in saying there is no such thing as what?

3. In ADR, what does D stand for?

4. What craft did Mamet say he does sometimes in Chapter 3?

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is a "MacGuffin", and who coined this phrase?

4. Describe how film is like a design.

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

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. What does Mamet say in terms of withholding information from the audience, in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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