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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. Tarkovsky claims in Chapter II that it is indisputable that all art has the goal to explain what?

2. 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?

3. In what year did Tarkovsky die?

4. What Russian novelist wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina?

5. What refers to the version of a screenplay that is used during the production of a motion picture?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tarkovsky claim his reasons were in writing, Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema in the Introduction?

2. What does Tarkovsky say of cinematic "tricks" and special effects in Chapter III?

3. What is the relationship of the artist to his audience? What is the role of intercommunication?

4. What does Tarkovsky say of the role of screenwriters in Chapter III?

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

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

7. What did Tarkovsky learn of subjectivity in the artist making Ivan's Childhood?

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

9. What drew Tarkovsky to produce Ivan's Childhood? Which film was this for Tarkovsky?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the reasons that cinema has evolved as it has though time, examining Tarkovsky's point of view. Why and how does Tarkovsky believe cinema arose when it did? What changes was he unable to witness?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Tarkovsky's view of the relationship between artist and audience. How does Tarkovsky feel the director should view the audience? What credit does he give them? How do other directors differ in this regard?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the letters Tarkovsky cites as his reasons for writing Sculpting in Time: Reflections on the Cinema. What was the common response to Tarkovsky's works?

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