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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of attitude should a character have with reference to events?
(a) Consistent and unchanging.
(b) Inconsistent and changing.
(c) Vaguely defined.
(d) Clearly defined.

2. Which Irish novelist does the author refer to when describing characters that change from situations beyond their control?
(a) Charles Kickham.
(b) William Carleton.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Jonathan Swift.

3. As explained in Chapter 15, what is the time difference in "showing" and "telling"?
(a) The time for both showing and telling depends on the writer.
(b) Showing and telling take the same amount of time.
(c) Showing takes less time than telling.
(d) Showing takes more time than telling.

4. What is the result of a narrative that feels like an act of memory?
(a) A lack of intimacy.
(b) An increase in repetition.
(c) A lack of repetition.
(d) An increased intimacy.

5. According to the author in Chapter 13, what is the writer's responsibility?
(a) To say things in a clear, yet not necessarily evocative way.
(b) To say things in an evocative, yet not necessarily clear way.
(c) To say things in a clear and evocative way.
(d) None of the answers is correct.

6. What type of motives should be included when writing a character that is more believable?
(a) Clearly defined.
(b) Inconsistent and changing.
(c) Consistent and unchanging.
(d) Vaguely defined.

7. What is the fourth and final technique for interjecting humor listed by the author in Chapter 10?
(a) Sarcasm.
(b) Eccentricity.
(c) Timing.
(d) Role reversal.

8. What effect does writing down words have as opposed to speaking them?
(a) Writing them down makes the voice more informal.
(b) Writing them down makes the voice more formal.
(c) Writing them down makes them less confusing.
(d) Writing them down makes them more confusing.

9. When is telling a story valuable to a narrative?
(a) Only when it advances present action.
(b) Only when it explains a past action.
(c) Only when it explains a present or future action.
(d) Only when it advances future action.

10. What is a common reaction to a change?
(a) People might be fearful of it.
(b) People might be confused by it.
(c) People might be amused by it.
(d) People might be saddened by it.

11. What type of relationships can contribute to a character's attitude?
(a) Present.
(b) Past.
(c) Future.
(d) Past, present, or future.

12. From what perspective is the narrative being written?
(a) What the reader is hearing.
(b) What the narrator believes he/she is saying.
(c) What the reader wants to hear.
(d) What the narrator wants the reader to hear.

13. How can changes in people be perceived by others?
(a) They might not want to understand it.
(b) They will always understand it.
(c) They will never understand it.
(d) They might not understand it.

14. What are the three ways a writer should penetrate the mind or experience of the viewpoint narrator?
(a) Random, shallow, and extensive.
(b) Cinematic, light, and deep.
(c) Cinematic, clear, and blurred.
(d) Random, brief, and detailed.

15. Which type of narrative is most often used when writing from a Representation perspective?
(a) First person or second person.
(b) Second person.
(c) First person.
(d) Third person.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does a flashback affect the present narrative?

2. Which character in Pygmalion does the author use as an example of a character that changes him or herself?

3. What is the number of characters available to a writer, according to the author in Chapter 18?

4. What are the other words used by the author to describe random transformations in characters?

5. What is a Representation perspective?

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