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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. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?

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

3. According to Mamet, film directors should all aspire to be what?

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

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, the film business is caught in a spiral of degeneracy because it is run by people who have no what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mamet say regarding the training of film actors in today's world?

3. What analogy did Mamet give that involves Stanislavsky, in Chapter 6?

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

5. What suggestions did the students give for the motivation of the protagonist in Chapter 5's scenario?

6. What was Mamet's response to "performance art" questions which arise in shooting?

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

8. What metaphor did Mamet use to illustrate the work in pre-production, in Chapter 6?

9. What did Mamet suggest to the new director regarding animated films, in Chapter 5?

10. What example did Mamet give of Humphrey Bogart's simplicity, in Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss Mamet's approach to the director's interaction with the actors and the camera operators on the set. What did he suggest in these interactions, and why?

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