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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Based on the author's quote at the end of Chapter 16, when is a first person narrative not worth doing?
(a) When it does not reveal the opinions of the narrator.
(b) When it reveals the opinions of the narrator.
(c) When it does not reveal the narrator's character.
(d) When it reveals the narrator's character.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "justification"?

2. In a comedy, what are the comedic interjections grounded in?

3. What is a key contributor to a character's attitude?

4. How can a character effectively have a random transformation?

5. As explained in Chapter 15, what is the time difference in "showing" and "telling"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between an omniscient narrator and a viewpoint narrator?

2. What are the three levels in which a writer can penetrate the mind or experience of a viewpoint character?

3. What is "controlled disbelief"?

4. What creates believable characters, according to the author in, "The Serious Character: Make Us Believe"?

5. What is the author's theory of how people experience transformations in life?

6. What is the difference between a presentation and a representation perspective?

7. What are the most common tenses used in narration and how does the author describe the risks involved with using different ones?

8. What are the advantages to using an omniscient or limited narration?

9. What is the value of justification and how does a writer decide the amount to include in a story?

10. How does the importance of a character affect the change undergone, and what effect does it have on the writing of the narrative?

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