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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In order to help make a character more believable, how should the details be presented?
(a) Sporadically.
(b) Quickly.
(c) Gradually.
(d) Pertinently.

2. What difficulty exists when writing a first person narrative?
(a) The distance in time.
(b) The closeness in space.
(c) The closeness in time.
(d) The distance in space.

3. What should the motives reveal when making a character more believable?
(a) Character.
(b) Strengths.
(c) Flaws.
(d) Events.

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

5. Which one of the following is not given in Chapter 12 as a reason for characters to change themselves?
(a) Action.
(b) External circumstances.
(c) Will.
(d) Greed.

6. In Chapter 11, what does the author state makes a character believable?
(a) The allusion to truth.
(b) The absence of truth.
(c) The illusion of truth.
(d) The portrayal of truth.

7. What does "controlled disbelief" refer to?
(a) When a character refuses to go along with something they cannot believe.
(b) When a character goes along with something they cannot believe.
(c) When a character makes another character go along with something neither one of them believe.
(d) When a character makes another character go along with something they cannot believe.

8. In a comedy, what are the comedic interjections grounded in?
(a) Truth.
(b) Conversation.
(c) Fiction.
(d) Actions.

9. How can a character effectively have a random transformation?
(a) Only in a world where no one else changes.
(b) Only in a world where everyone else changes.
(c) Only in a world where random change is abnormal.
(d) Only in a world where random change is normal.

10. In general, how do people write in comparison to the way they speak?
(a) They write slower than they speak.
(b) They write faster than they speak.
(c) They write worse than they speak.
(d) They write better than they speak.

11. What Ayn Rand book, mentioned in Chapter 12, features sympathetic characters that are not transformed, but unmasked?
(a) We the Living.
(b) Anthem.
(c) The Fountainhead.
(d) The Voice of Reason.

12. Why do some readers interpret a change in a character that was not written to change?
(a) The reader did not understand the character when reading about it.
(b) The author did not understand the reader.
(c) The author did not understand the character when writing it.
(d) The reader did not understand the plot.

13. How do the motives of a believable character affect the direction of the story?
(a) They keep the direction of the story on track.
(b) They abandon the direction of the story.
(c) They change the direction of the story.
(d) They do not affect the direction of the story.

14. What are the other words used by the author to describe random transformations in characters?
(a) Deliberate and uncaused.
(b) Absurd and caused.
(c) Absurd and uncaused.
(d) Deliberate and caused.

15. Besides an individually defined character, what does the narrator of a first person story need?
(a) A reason for his/her actions in the story.
(b) A reason for telling the story.
(c) A knowledge of all other characters.
(d) A knowledge of the major characters.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are "showing" and "telling" defined?

2. Which incidents in the story must the narrator be present for in order to make a first person narrative effective?

3. Which tenses are the most commonly used?

4. What is the result of a narrative that feels like an act of memory?

5. How can a character appear to change while remaining unchanged?

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