Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Rodríguez
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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. Where do Rodriguez' first short films get shown?

2. Heading back to Texas after failing to sign a contract, what does Rodriguez tell himself?

3. What does Rodriguez plan to use to film El Mariachi?

4. When is Rodriguez informed that the owner of the borrowed camera will need it back?

5. What comes of the efforts to get Lina Santos, a Mexican movie and TV star, to act in El Mariachi?

Short Essay Questions

1. Relate Rodriguez' encounter with the media when his trailer is aired on public television.

2. Right after finishing his editing of the movie, what causes Rodriguez to begin doubting himself?

3. How does Rodriguez manage to shoot chase scenes and gun scenes in the movie?

4. Why does Rodriguez turn down the first offer he is given for the movie?

5. What does Rodriguez write about getting into the Pharmaco study?

6. At what age did Rodriguez get interested in making movies and how did it begin?

7. Unable to talk a famous actress into being in their movie, how is the problem solved?

8. Where do Rodriguez and Gallardo first try to sell the movie?

9. Describe the continuity problem caused by the heat on the set of EL MARIACHI.

10. What avenue does Rodriguez find for raising some quick cash?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about dealing with skeptics as Rodriguez had to do. In your essay define the problem of skeptics and how they can easily discourage people from following their dream. Define how you think it is best to deal with the naysayers in life.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about doing the drudge work. Using Rodriquez' experience doing post production on his film, write your essay about the boring things that must be done when working to succeed at a business or project.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay entitled, LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS AND NOT PROBLEMS. Start with Rodriguez as an example. Then write your essay about how dwelling on problems rather than looking for solutions to any situation in life is self-defeating.

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