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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. Once the story has found an ending, Mamet says you can look back over the shot list and answer what question?
(a) What have I left out?
(b) What objectives are missing?
(c) What is the story?
(d) What can I add to the character?

2. What was the impetus for the beginning of Citizen Kane?
(a) The inheritance.
(b) The plague.
(c) The death of Charles Foster Kane.
(d) The discovery of the sled.

3. According to Mamet, what do actors talk about, which does not exist on the stage?
(a) Character.
(b) Arc of the film.
(c) Motivation.
(d) Obstacle.

4. Mamet made the analogy in Chapter 4, "if the house is going to stand, the nail must do the work of ____."
(a) A beam.
(b) A slat.
(c) A nail.
(d) A hammer.

5. The rule of circularity says not to do what?
(a) Repeat the beginning.
(b) The same thing twice.
(c) Repeat the narration.
(d) Repeat the objective.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Mamet say wove flaws into their blankets to let the devil out?

2. Mamet says in Chapter 6 that you will have forsworn the Cult of what for a little while?

3. Mamet says in Chapter 6 that any real what is going to be based on things within your control?

4. According to Mamet in Chapter 5, having two reasons for an act are the same as having how many reasons?

5. The only reason characters speak is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mamet say to give yourself over to in directing, in Chapter 5?

2. What is the Cult of Self which Mamet refers to in Chapter 6?

3. What suggestions did the students give for the motivation of the protagonist in Chapter 5's scenario?

4. How did Mamet relate film direction and screenwriting in Chapter 6?

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

6. Who did the farmer meet in the hypothetical film in Chapter 5? How did this interaction play out?

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

8. What was Mamet's reply to the question, "Is it possible to do everything "right" and still make a bad movie?"

9. What did Mamet suggest directors should strive for in terms of film dialogue in movies, in Chapter 4?

10. What example did Mamet give of Humphrey Bogart's simplicity, in Chapter 4?

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