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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 another term for "looping"?

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

3. The newspaper reviewer criticized an author for attempting screenwriting because he was nearly what?

4. What is the main shot of any given scene?

5. All the audience cares about is the what, according to Mamet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What writers and filmmakers did Mamet refer to in the Preface and Chapter 1 regarding screenwriting and film direction?

2. What are ways that directors attempt to keep the audience's attention when the design of a film fails?

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

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

5. How was the hypothetical film shot in Chapter 2?

6. Describe how film is like a design.

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

8. What did Mamet write in Chapter 1 regarding character description and narration?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mamet's point of view regarding identification of the audience with the hero of the story. How much description should surround this character, and why?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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