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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. According to Mamet, the director is seen as what kind of extension of the screenwriter?

2. What does Mamet say is the ordering of unrelated events or ideas or images in favor of an overriding preconception?

3. Who said, "Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works"?

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

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "In addition to what you will or not learn about the medium through your desire to understand it, that desire itself will be ______."

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mamet describe film in terms of syllogism in Chapter 3?

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

3. Describe the objective and beats in the hypothetical film in Chapter 2.

4. What did Mamet write regarding dreams and film in Chapter 1?

5. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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

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

8. What did Mamet write of producers in Chapter 2?

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

10. What is a "MacGuffin", and who coined this phrase?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss human psychology as it relates to the juxtaposition of uninflected images in film. How did Mamet describe neurosis in this analogy?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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