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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 are after-the-fact attempts to shore up that which was not correctly designed in a film?

2. In ADR, what does D stand for?

3. Mamet cited Aristotle in saying there is no such thing as what?

4. According to Mamet, you can't rely on the ________ to tell the story. Which of these is the correct answer?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mamet indicate is the point of view of the performance artist, in Chapter 3?

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

3. What are ways that directors attempt to keep the audience's attention when the design of a film fails?

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

5. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

6. Describe Mamet's discussion of understanding precipitation in architecture in Chapter 3.

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What authors did Mamet quote in the book with regard to cutting extraneous text in a screenplay? What theorists did he speak about in dramatic analysis?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and define the K.I.S.S. rule. In what context did Mamet refer to this in the text?

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