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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. Who was the star of the film, Mirror?

2. Where was The Sacrifice filmed?

3. Tarkovsky claims in Chapter IX that he got the idea for The Sacrifice long before what film?

4. What is the setting of, Tales of Sevastopol?

5. Who wrote the poem quoted in Chapter IX, which begins, "Weary from hunger of spirit / Through grim wasteland I dragged my way"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the artist "at odds with society," as Tarkovsky states in Chapter VII?

2. How did the film Mirror evolve from the script to the screen?

3. What regrets and successes did Tarkovsky have for the film, Mirrror?

4. What is the all-powerful factor of film to Tarkovsky? Why?

5. What Japanese form of art does Tarkovsky repeatedly compare cinema to? Why?

6. Due to the state that cinema is in, what struggles does the artist face as filmmaker? What does Tarkovsky suggest he focus on?

7. How does Tarkovsky describe the difference between painting and cinema in Chapter VII?

8. What does Tarkovsky write of "heroes" in Chapter VIII?

9. Tarkovsky describes the filmmaker's responsibility to share his story in Chapter VII. What does he say?

10. What conclusion does Tarkovsky find at the end of Chapter IX regarding mankind's condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tarkovsky's reasoning of time as the central element of film. What other art forms incorporate time and or memory? How?

Essay Topic 2

Who observed, "Poets are philosophers. You might equally well compare the painter of sea-scapes to a ship's captain"? What does this phrase mean in the context of Tarkovsky's theories?

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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