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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How are "showing" and "telling" defined?
(a) Showing gives a sense of passivity, telling gives a sense of immediacy.
(b) Showing gives a sense of immediacy, telling gives a sense of passivity.
(c) Showing affects only the events, telling affects only the characters.
(d) Showing affects only the characters, telling affects only the events.

3. How should exaggeration be used when writing a comedy?
(a) With no boundaries.
(b) Within certain boundaries.
(c) With extreme caution.
(d) Exaggeration should not be used in a comedy.

4. Which series of novels by Robert Parker are listed as an example of characters that are influenced to change?
(a) Jesse Stone.
(b) Philip Marlowe.
(c) Sunny Randall.
(d) Spenser.

5. According to the author in the beginning of Chapter 12, what changes along with people?
(a) Their attitude.
(b) Their behavior.
(c) Their situation.
(d) Their goals.

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 is the number of characters available to a writer, according to the author in Chapter 18?
(a) Ten.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Unlimited.
(d) Five.

8. Which one of the following is not an example used by the author when listing the different voices people use?
(a) An internal voice.
(b) A voice used with children.
(c) A telephone voice.
(d) A voice used with parents.

9. What reason does a character have for going through a random transformation?
(a) A logical reason.
(b) No reason.
(c) An illogical reason.
(d) An unexplained reason.

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

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

12. How much impact does sound have on the types of voices the author is discussing in Chapter 13?
(a) It has an average impact on it.
(b) It has no impact on it.
(c) It is a major part of it.
(d) It is only a small part of it.

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

14. What types of details are necessary to make a character believable?
(a) Irrelevant and inappropriate.
(b) Irrelevant, but appropriate.
(c) Relevant and appropriate.
(d) Relevant, but inappropriate.

15. What style of writing is effective in combining the telling of a story with the reason it is being told?
(a) Mystery writing.
(b) Comic writing.
(c) Adventure writing.
(d) Dramatic writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does "controlled disbelief" refer to?

2. Which one of the following is an example listed in Chapter 12 of a transformation causing consequence that is beyond a character's control?

3. Which tenses are the most commonly used?

4. How much freedom do characters have to change in comedy?

5. What type of influences might cause a character to change?

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