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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 does Mamet say most modern art is based around?

2. Who said of American films that they were all "pictures of people talking"?

3. According to Mamet, most movie scripts are written for an audience of what?

4. What is the period after you've finished the shot list and before you go into shooting?

5. The movie, more than what, is closer to simple storytelling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

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

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

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

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

6. How did Mamet relate the "School of Countercultural Architecture" to film directing?

7. What does Mamet say in terms of withholding information from the audience, in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the term superobjective mean in acting and directing? How is a superobjective different than an objective?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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