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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 back-story.
(b) The most interesting thing.
(c) The protagonist.
(d) The MacGuffin.

2. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Sophocles.
(c) Plato.
(d) Aristotle.

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, if you want to build a roof, it might be a good idea to understand about the effects of what?
(a) Weather.
(b) Sunlight.
(c) Precipitation.
(d) Support beams.

4. 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) "Oh, grow up."
(b) "Learn a craft."
(c) "Let's get it over with."
(d) "Get a life."

5. According to Mamet, the storyteller did NOT need something in Chapter 2. What was it?
(a) Characterization.
(b) Entropy.
(c) Alliteration.
(d) Back-story.

Short Answer Questions

1. Eisenstein claimed that the best image is a what image?

2. Who said the following: when we have two theories, each of which adequately describes a phenomenon, always pick the simpler?

3. In ADR, what does D stand for?

4. 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"?

5. According to Mamet, film schools are basically what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how film is like a design.

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

3. How did Mamet describe Eisenstein's theory of montage?

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

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

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 explain the principle concern in choosing shots in Chapter 2?

8. How did the class progress in the details of their hypothetical film in Chapter 2?

9. How was the hypothetical film shot in Chapter 2?

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

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