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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Of what author does Tarkovsky write, "the most interesting characters are outwardly static, but inwardly charged with energy by an overriding passion"?
(a) Tolstoy.
(b) Bollingsworth.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Dostoyevsky.

2. Who directed and produced the film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station?
(a) Francois Indriut.
(b) Auguste Lumiere.
(c) Ingmar Bergman.
(d) Samuel Beckett.

3. What word does Tarkovsky refer to as meaning: an artistic image means an aesthetic acceptance of the beautiful, on an emotional or even supra-emotional level?
(a) Understanding.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Truth.
(d) Metaphor.

4. For how long did Tarkovsky work on his first feature film?
(a) 2 years.
(b) 1 year.
(c) 8 months.
(d) 6 years.

5. Tarkovsky states that cinema's unique aspect is this capturing and shaping of what?
(a) Story.
(b) Space.
(c) Character.
(d) Time.

Short Answer Questions

1. What well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown starred in many popular films and played Patrikey, Cathedral Treasurer, in Audrey Rublyov?

2. Of what does Tarkovsky write, "could be said to be a symbol of the universe, being linked with that absolute spiritual truth which is hidden from us in our positivistic, pragmatic activities"?

3. What was Tarkovsky's first feature film?

4. What does Tarkovsky write will still always be a code standing for a logical deduction in the scientist?

5. Who directed the film, Persona?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Innokentiy Smoktunovsky? What was he known for?

2. How does Tarkovsky define time and memory in Chapter III?

3. When does Tarkovsky say he doubted his calling as an artist, in Chapter IV?

4. What does Tarkovsky write of his film school days in Chapter IV?

5. What types of imagery did Tarkovsky use in Ivan's Childhood? From where did he draw his ideas?

6. What paintings does Tarkovsky compare when discussing "masterpiece" in Chapter II?

7. Who was Tarkovsky's father? What was his occupation?

8. Describe the protagonist and his journey in Andrey Rublyov.

9. What does Tarkovsky assert of modern man in his Introduction to the text?

10. What was the first moving picture to be released? When and where was it released?

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