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On Directing Film Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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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. The movie, more than what, is closer to simple storytelling?
(a) A play.
(b) A memoir.
(c) A novel.
(d) A television show.

2. Mamet cited Aristotle in saying there is no such thing as what?
(a) Character.
(b) A tragic ending.
(c) A happy ending.
(d) Plot.

3. Who told Alice it didn't matter which road she took, as cited by Mamet in Chapter 2?
(a) The Caterpillar.
(b) The Cheshire Cat.
(c) The Mad Hatter.
(d) The Rabbit.

4. Who did Mamet cite in saying that we needn't avoid things just because they're cliche?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Eisenstein.
(c) Stanislavsky.
(d) Aristotle.

5. What unit does the director want to concern himself with?
(a) The scene.
(b) The film.
(c) The beat.
(d) The shot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said that the point is what happens to he hero, not what happens to the writer?

2. What term means a filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style?

3. The second beat of the hypothetical scene in Chapter 2 was to what?

4. Where did Mamet go to college?

5. A good writer only gets better by learning to do what, according to Mamet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how film is like a design.

2. Describe the "School of Countercultural Architecture."

3. What did Mamet write in Chapter 3 regarding film with political agendas?

4. What did Mamet write in the Preface regarding the blind author who decided to become a screenwriter?

5. What scenario did Mamet put forth to the class in Chapter 2? How did Mamet relate the suggested opening shot of this scenario to television?

6. How did the class progress in the details of their hypothetical film in Chapter 2?

7. What did Mamet write about drama school and film school in Chapter 1?

8. Describe Mamet's discussion of understanding precipitation in architecture in Chapter 3.

9. What does Mamet say regarding the juxtaposition of uninflected images in Chapter 3?

10. What did Mamet write regarding dreams and film in Chapter 1?

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