I can't answer all those questions, but here are my takes on some of them.
I whip up the lather in the bowl and the apply it to my face in circular motions to scrub the face, but then I also go back over it in a paint stroke fashion in order to even the lather out since it tends to be thicker at the edges of where the lather was applied.
I always rinse my face quickly prior to each re-application of lather. It is wet-shaving after all. For best results you really need your face to stay wet.
The other questions I'll leave to others because I'm not sure I could properly answer them.
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