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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. What film did the woman civil engineer from Leningrad write to Tarkovsky about in the Introduction?
(a) The Mirror.
(b) Stalker.
(c) The Sacrifice.
(d) Nostalgia.

2. Of what artist does Tarkovsky write when, "he was dying of hunger went off into the mountains with a home-made bow and arrow to shoot some sort of game" in Chapter I?
(a) Alexander Kruschev.
(b) Michail Carwovsky.
(c) Alexander Grin.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

3. Trokovsky writes in Chapter III that cinema is said to be a _____ art.
(a) Expansive.
(b) Composite.
(c) Communicative.
(d) Determined.

4. What novelist wrote The Possessed?
(a) Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(b) Anton Chekhov.
(c) Alexander Marsh.
(d) Leo Tolstoy.

5. What well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown starred in many popular films and played Patrikey, Cathedral Treasurer, in Audrey Rublyov?
(a) Alexander Blok.
(b) Yuri Nikulin.
(c) Effendi Kapiyev.
(d) Dimitri Merezhkovsky.

Short Answer Questions

1. What hero dies in the end of Ivan's Childhood?

2. Where did Tarkovsky study film-making?

3. What was the last of Tarkovsky's student films, while at the Institute?

4. In what year did Tarkovsky produce Ivan's Childhood?

5. When was the film, Persona, produced?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Tarkovsky's take on the mise-en-scene of film.

5. How did Tarkovsky approach editing the story of Ivan's Childhood?

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

7. What does Tarkovsky define a "masterpiece" as?

8. What admiration does Tarkovsky lend to Bunuel in Chapter II? Why?

9. How has the cinema evolved and why, since its inception?

10. What does Tarkovsky write in Chapter II of art's aim in preparation of man?

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