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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mamet says that the house has to look like a house. The ______ doesn't have to look like a house.

2. Mamet says in Chapter 1 that it is the __________ that makes the movie. What was he talking about?

3. Chapter 1 deals with what element of the process of directing?

4. Anytime anyone does what, "that's a counterforce"?

5. 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"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the appropriate response to the actor who asks "how do I walk down the hall", in the example in Chapter 4?

5. What did Mamet caution against with having multiple motivations for the farmer in Chapter 5?

6. What did Mamet write in Chapter 4 of the director's instructions to the actor?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mamet's point of view regarding identification of the audience with the hero of the story. How much description should surround this character, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the element of dialogue in film. What did Mamet suggest in directing scenes with dialogue? What should a director avoid in terms of dialogue?

Essay Topic 3

Using the hypothetical film which the students and Mamet created in Chapter 3, describe how the beats were broken down by the class.

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