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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 Mamet used for the protagonist's ultimate goal in the scene in Chapter 2?

2. According to Mamet, it is essential to cut that which has what to us?

3. According to Mamet, you always want to tell a story in what?

4. In the scene generated for the class in Chapter 2, what did the protagonist want?

5. 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."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Mamet describe film in terms of syllogism in Chapter 3?

9. What does Mamet say regarding the juxtaposition of uninflected images in Chapter 3?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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