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

Robert Rodríguez
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Robert Rodriguez' classic film made on a budget of $7000?

2. What is Rodriguez given in order to edit his film?

3. What does Rodriguez plan to do about using a camera he is not familiar with?

4. Because of working with limited equipment and on a tight budget, what skill does Rodriguez develop?

5. How is the story of the book told?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodriguez learn about Hollywood that affects him personally while the negotiations continue?

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

3. Describe how Rodriguez delivers the script for a sequel to EL MARIACHI.

4. What does Rodriguez' brief association with Alfonzo Arau and his wife give him the impetus to do?

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

6. How does Rodriguez' friend Gallardo keep occupied while Rodriguez is in the study?

7. Explain why Rodriguez wrote the book, REBEL WITHOUT A CREW.

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

9. How is the story of REBEL WITHOUT A CREW written?

10. Discuss Rodriguez' period of depression during post production.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay critiquing a movie you have seen. Use what you have learned from REBEL WITHOUT A CREW about production values to make your critique.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about fame. In your essay use Rodriguez as an example of one who did not allow his sudden celebrity and income go to his head. Contrast him with young stars who get into all kinds of trouble when they suddenly have huge amounts of money. Include Rodriquez' willingness to share his experience in order to inspire other budding filmmakers.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay giving your opinion about the relative merits of seeing a movie in a theater or a video at home. Give examples of movies that are too grand to really be appreciated on a small screen. State the advantage of being able to stop a scene and go back to view it again if you watch the movie on video.

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