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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long is the film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station?
(a) 10 seconds.
(b) 2 minutes.
(c) 50 seconds.
(d) 5 minutes.

2. What does Tarkovsky claim "is like a kind of culture medium that is destroyed when it is no longer needed, once the links are severed between the individual personality, and the conditions of existence"?
(a) Time.
(b) Humanity.
(c) Truth.
(d) Cinema.

3. What term does Tarkovsky refer to as meaning "cinema that boldly moves away, in its images, from what is factual and concrete, as pictured by real life, and at the same time affirms its own structural wholeness"?
(a) Stylistic art.
(b) Poetic cinema.
(c) Modern art.
(d) Realistic performance.

4. Who observed, "Poets are philosophers. You might equally well compare the painter of sea-scapes to a ship's captain"?
(a) Effendi Kapiyev.
(b) Dimitri Merezhkovsky.
(c) Alexander Blok.
(d) Paul Valéry.

5. Who directed the film, Persona?
(a) Sergei Eisenstein.
(b) Robert Bresson.
(c) Igmar Berman.
(d) Donatas Banionis.

6. When was Tarkovsky born?
(a) 1940.
(b) 1945.
(c) 1932.
(d) 1951.

7. Tarkovsky asserts in Chapter I that the artist should be free to bring his own what to a film?
(a) Quality.
(b) Story.
(c) Reality.
(d) Peace.

8. What was Tarkovsky's first feature film?
(a) Nostalgia.
(b) Ivan's Childhood.
(c) The Killer.
(d) The Sacrifice.

9. Whom does Tarkovsky write about in Chapter II who believed the poet had the gift of prophecy?
(a) Effendi Kapiyev.
(b) Alexander Dovzhenko.
(c) Alexander Blok.
(d) Pushkin.

10. What term is used to describe the design aspects of a theater or film production, both in visually artful ways through storyboarding, cinematography, stage design, and direction?
(a) Direction.
(b) Camera angleship.
(c) Mise-en-scene.
(d) Artistic approach.

11. Tarkovsky writes in the Introduction, "I realized that I generally came to recognize my own working principles through questioning" what?
(a) Government.
(b) What the cinema was capable of.
(c) Everything.
(d) Established theory.

12. What Italian painter of the Venetian school and contemporary of Raphael does Tarkovsky discuss in Chapter II?
(a) Carpaccio.
(b) Michaelangelo.
(c) Humphries.
(d) Da Vinci.

13. The film, The Killers, was based on a short story by whom?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Truman Capote.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

14. When was the film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station, produced?
(a) 1880.
(b) l951.
(c) 1910.
(d) 1896.

15. A member of what institute sent Tarkovsky a notice published in their wall newspaper stating that the appearance of Tarkovsky's film, Mirror, aroused wide interest in his institute as it did all over Moscow?
(a) University of Moscow.
(b) Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences.
(c) Institute of Cinematography at Moscow.
(d) Institute of Medicine in Ukraine.

Short Answer Questions

1. What French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental In Search of Lost Time is discussed by Tarkovsky in Chapter III?

2. What is the title of the first of Tarkovsky's student films?

3. Tarkovsky claims that _______ and beauty are contained within each other.

4. What word means a figure in which the name of one thing is used in place of another that is suggested by or associated with it (e.g. the Kremlin for "the Russian government")?

5. What Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century, is best known for Ulysses?

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