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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, if you want to build a roof, it might be a good idea to understand about the effects of what?

2. What is the rule which Mamet says means "Keep it simple, stupid"?

3. Who said the following: when we have two theories, each of which adequately describes a phenomenon, always pick the simpler?

4. The smallest unit is the shot; the largest unit is what?

5. What is a progression toward the simplest, most ordered state, according to Mamet in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mamet say regarding subconscious response in Chapter 4?

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

8. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Mamet's metaphor for film and the Countercultural Architecture movement.

Essay Topic 2

Define the following terms and describe how they relate to one another: shot, beat, scene, film, protagonist, and objective.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the career of author David Mamet and how he came to the world of film. What was the principle area of his expertise at the time he wrote On Directing Film?

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