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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 writes in the Introduction that the public condemned his film Mirror for being "inadmissibly" what?

2. In what year was the film, L'Argent, released?

3. In what film does the Editor's note that is added in the commentary in this edition, appear as it was Tarkovsky's final film?

4. What central character of The Possessed is quoted in the beginning of Chapter III?

5. What film did Tarkovsky produce in 1961?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why and how does Tarkovsky believe cinema arose when it did?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the essential meaning of art to Tarkovsky? What does he write of modern art?

10. What does Tarkovsky define "the artist" as in the text? What is the artist's chief weapon and goal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Andrey Tarkovsky's career in film. What drew the director to cinema? Where did he study? How many films did he produce?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the common themes and stylistic elements for which Tarkovsky is known. What themes recurred in the films discussed in class and in the text?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of art in the world of humanity, as described by Tarkovsky. What is art's role in society? How does the artist go about fulfilling this role?

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