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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 the reason we like those old-time movie stars so much is that they are what?
(a) Simple.
(b) Elaborate.
(c) Concrete.
(d) Honest.

2. According to Mamet, most actors in film and stage today are what?
(a) Too edgy.
(b) Well trained.
(c) Badly trained.
(d) Too self-absorbed.

3. According to Mamet in Chapter 4, "If you don't know what you want, how can you know when _____?"
(a) To edit.
(b) To begin.
(c) You're done.
(d) To stop.

4. The only reason characters speak is what?
(a) To tell a story.
(b) To narrate.
(c) To express exposition.
(d) To get what they want.

5. What does David Mamet say that the answer to all of the tedious actor questions is?
(a) Based on the objective.
(b) Look at the text.
(c) Quickly.
(d) It doesn't matter.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which story of the farmer's did the class decide to go with in Chapter 5?

2. Mamet says that it's not the actor's job to be emotional. It's the actor's job to be what?

3. What is the subheading of Chapter 4?

4. Mamet says in Chapter 4 that movies are made out of what?

5. The purpose of rehearsal is to tell the actors, beat by beat, what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Aristotle's theory of tragedy relate to the hypothetical film in Chapter 5?

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

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

5. What can the director not make up for in the editing room, according to Mamet in Chapter 6?

6. What is the hierarchy of film? Why did Mamet suggest the actor cannot be a fallback for the film in Chapter 6?

7. What decision did Mamet suggest is in the hands of the director, in Chapter 6?

8. How does the hypothetical film end in Chapter 5?

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

10. What storytelling genres did Mamet suggest the director study in Chapter 5?

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