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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is not given in Chapter 12 as a reason for characters to change themselves?

2. How does a flashback affect the present narrative?

3. What is a viewpoint narrator?

4. Besides an individually defined character, what does the narrator of a first person story need?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What can contribute to a powerful sense of attitude for a character?

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

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 18, how does the author describe the potential of a writer in finding characters?

9. What are some of the different voices a person uses based on the situation?

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

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