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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 in Chapter 3, he challenges the way people talk about any performance artist and the way they talk about whom?

2. According to Mamet, the storyteller did NOT need something in Chapter 2. What was it?

3. Mamet wrote, "Most _____ directors approach it by saying, 'let's follow the actors around,' as if the film were a record of what the protagonist did."

4. Who wrote Memories, Dream, Reflections?

5. What kind of camera has helped in injuring the cinema, according to Mamet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Mamet write about drama school and film school in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

7. What are the different approaches Mamet discussed as methods of storytelling in film, in Chapter 1?

8. Describe how film is like a design.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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