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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 is the term for the screening of the day's shots?

2. Mamet's house was built without what?

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

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

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 3, "To get into the scene late and to get out early is to demonstrate _____ for your audience."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Mamet explain the principle concern in choosing shots in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe how film is like a design.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define and discuss the terms "modern art" and "performance art" in the text. How did Mamet feel about these genres? What is the role of politics in film?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Why did Mamet believe that the steadicam was a contributor to the downfall of American cinema? What approach is common with the use of the steadicam?

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