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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does a flashback affect the present narrative?
(a) It stops the narrative.
(b) It speeds the narrative up.
(c) It slows the narrative down.
(d) It does not affect the narrative.

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

4. What is a Presentation perspective?
(a) A narrative that reminds the reader they are being told a story.
(b) A narrative that influences the reader how to respond to the story.
(c) A narrative that prevents the reader from responding to a story.
(d) A narrative that allows the reader to forget they are being told a story.

5. In comedy, how should a transformation be presented?
(a) In an unjustified way.
(b) In the middle of the story.
(c) Close to the end of the story.
(d) In a justified way.

6. What can happen when an abnormal tense is chosen by a writer?
(a) It draws attention away from the story.
(b) It enhances the story.
(c) It draws more attention to the story.
(d) It replaces the story.

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

8. Which tenses are the most commonly used?
(a) Present, past, or future tense.
(b) Past or future tense.
(c) Present or past tense.
(d) Present or future tense.

9. What is the main advantage of a first person narrative?
(a) To let the reader understand the world differently than the narrator sees it.
(b) To cause the reader to accept their own world.
(c) To encourage the reader to accept the world as someone else sees it.
(d) To let the reader see the world as someone else sees it.

10. What do third person narratives transcend?
(a) Awareness, but not understanding.
(b) Neither awareness nor understanding.
(c) Awareness and understanding.
(d) Understanding, but not awareness.

11. What type of humor is injected into a comedy?
(a) Unacceptable.
(b) Unconventional.
(c) Incongruous.
(d) Inconceivable.

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

13. What exists to provide justification for unexplained changes?
(a) Fiction.
(b) Flashbacks.
(c) History.
(d) Omens.

14. In the author's opinion, what must a transformation be?
(a) Complete.
(b) Justified.
(c) Justified and logical.
(d) Logical.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What Ayn Rand book, mentioned in Chapter 12, features sympathetic characters that are not transformed, but unmasked?

2. When is telling a story valuable to a narrative?

3. Which series of novels by Robert Parker are listed as an example of characters that are influenced to change?

4. How do the motives of a believable character affect the direction of the story?

5. What is the fourth and final technique for interjecting humor listed by the author in Chapter 10?

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