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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. What is the term which refers to the protagonist's immediate goal?

2. Mamet says the audience requires not information, but what?

3. Who said of American films that they were all "pictures of people talking"?

4. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?

5. What does Mamet say most modern art is based around?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how film is like a design.

2. How did Mamet illustrate juxtaposition of shots in documentary film in Chapter 1?

3. 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?

4. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

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

6. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

7. How did Mamet describe human nature in piecing together stories from film?

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

9. What was Mamet's rule of thumb for cutting extraneous material from a film?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Eisenstein's theory of montage. How did Mamet view this approach to storytelling in film?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mamet's opinion of actor training in the United States today. What level of training do film actors have versus stage actors?

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss the terms "modern art" and "performance art" in the text. How did Mamet feel about these genres? What is the role of politics in film?

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