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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 that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?

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

3. What is another term for "looping"?

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

5. Sometimes, Mamet says in Chapter 3, the piece (film) will do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Mamet think of the steadicam?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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