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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. Prior to the pitch meeting, Fox expresses concern Gould will do what with the prison film?
(a) "Run him out of town."
(b) "Run the idea into the ground."
(c) "Choose a better, stronger actor."
(d) "Screw him out of the deal."

2. How much money do Gould and Fox bet on the secretary?
(a) One million dollars.
(b) Five hundred dollars.
(c) One dollar.
(d) Their net percentage of the film.

3. What does Gould warn Fox of, in Act One?
(a) Being too intelligent in Hollywood.
(b) Others will want to tear him down.
(c) His secretary is dangerous.
(d) His popularity will grow with his bank account.

4. Why does Ross cancel the meeting with Fox?
(a) For fun.
(b) He doesn't like Fox's script.
(c) He's been called out of town.
(d) He doesn't like Fox's reputation.

5. How long is the pitch the Gould and Fox plan to give Ross?
(a) Sixty seconds.
(b) One sentence.
(c) A page.
(d) Whatever is required.

Short Answer Questions

1. What clutters the opening scene?

2. Gould claims the gods do what to make people mad?

3. What does Fox think Gould plans to do with his secretary before lunch?

4. Who does Fox want to be the costar?

5. Gould pretends those who aren't happy in film are the ones who are what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Gould's definition of a maverick?

2. At what point in Act 3 does Fox realize Gould is serious about not making the prison film?

3. What is significant about the fact that Gould only completes a half-day in the office at his new job?

4. Although Karen had claimed her motives in making films to be purer than the men, what makes Fox and Gould's motives pure as well?

5. Fox is hesitant to tell the story of the film he brought to Gould prior to presenting it to Ross. Why?

6. According to Fox, Karen used Gould for what purpose?

7. Gould points out to Karen that a film that nobody sees won't make a difference anyway. What does he mean by this?

8. How does Fox feel about the division of power between men and women in the workforce?

9. What issue does Gould seem to be debating within himself at the beginning of Act One?

10. Why does Gould want to present Fox's film idea to Ross in person, with Fox?

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