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

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

3. What unit does the director want to concern himself with?

4. According to Mamet, you can't rely on the ________ to tell the story. Which of these is the correct answer?

5. What is another term for "looping"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how film is like a design.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and define the K.I.S.S. rule. In what context did Mamet refer to this in the text?

Essay Topic 2

What authors did Mamet quote in the book with regard to cutting extraneous text in a screenplay? What theorists did he speak about in dramatic analysis?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mamet's opinion of actor training in the United States today. What level of training do film actors have versus stage actors?

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