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

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

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

4. Which one of the following is an example listed in Chapter 12 of a transformation causing consequence that is beyond a character's control?
(a) Lack of intelligence.
(b) Arrogance.
(c) Gullibility.
(d) Animalistic nature.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How should exaggeration be used when writing a comedy?

2. How does the author describe the world created in a first person narrative in Chapter 16?

3. What can a third person narrative suffer from?

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

5. What exists to provide justification for unexplained changes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the limitations and advantages of the first person narrative?

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

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

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

5. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

6. How does the topic of transformations lead the author to an important reason that fiction exists?

7. In what ways can a character change him/herself?

8. What choice must a writer make when using a first person narrative, and what should influence the decision?

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

10. What are some of the consequences that are beyond a character's control and provoke a transformation?

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