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TEST-FIB015

Instructions
1. The test comprises of 10 questions. You should complete the test within 10 minutes.
2. There is only one correct answer to each question.
3. All questions carry four marks each.
4. Each wrong answer will attract a penalty of one mark.

Once upon a time, as bards used to begin their histories, saying that a movie reminded you of a comic book was a grave insult. It meant the film wasn't just simplistic or exciting at the expense of its story: It was aimed at Q1. who couldn't enjoy anything more deep or challenging.

That changed almost 20 years ago, when "Batman" caught the vision of Frank Miller's "Dark Knight" series. Now a whole school of filmmaking Q2. the visual dazzlement of graphic novels while telling stripped-down, adrenaline-rush stories.

Until this week, "Sin City" was held up as the model Q3. of a graphic novel, with real actors playing out stories against a Q4. background. Like "Sin City," the pulse-pounding "300" filmed humans against a green screen, then inserted settings and effects via computer. But "300" is a huge step forward in visually sophisticated storytelling.

Director Zack Snyder, who Q5. to prominence three years ago with a gory overhaul of "Dawn of the Dead," is back in remake territory: "300" follows in the sandals of "The 300 Spartans," a 1962 drama about Greek warriors who held off a Persian army at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

This version is to the last one what an H-bomb is to a Q6. : louder, scarier, grander, more mind-blowing in every way. You couldn't say the script by Snyder, Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon is Q7. or historically true, but it provides a Q8. skeleton for the archetypal story and extraordinary special effects.

Snyder and his team build patiently toward the Q9. of sword on shield. We meet Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), shaped 30 years before by his ancestors into a patriotic fighting machine; his queen (Lena Headey), who tries to rouse the city in support after Leonidas and his 300 dig in; and Theron (Dominic West), the senator who Q10. support in exchange for her body. (The movie identifies him early on as a traitor, thus throwing away potential suspense.)

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