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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 did Mamet compare with Frank Capra in Chapter 3?
(a) Alfred Hitchcock.
(b) Brad Commers.
(c) David Lynch.
(d) Werner Herzog.

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

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

4. Who told Alice it didn't matter which road she took, as cited by Mamet in Chapter 2?
(a) The Mad Hatter.
(b) The Cheshire Cat.
(c) The Caterpillar.
(d) The Rabbit.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The purpose of technique is to free the what?

2. In what area did Mamet have greater experience in when writing the book?

3. What is a progression toward the simplest, most ordered state, according to Mamet in Chapter 2?

4. Where did Mamet go to college?

5. In the scene generated for the class in Chapter 2, what did the protagonist want?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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

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

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