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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 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.

2. What does the term, "downplaying", refer to in comedy?
(a) Making less of a setback instead of more.
(b) Making more of a setback instead of less.
(c) Making less of a triumph instead of more.
(d) Making more of a triumph instead of less.

3. What is an omniscient narrator?
(a) One that comments on the narrative without observing or understanding it.
(b) One that observes and comments on the narrative, but does not have to understand it.
(c) One that observes and understands the narrative, but does not have to comment on it.
(d) One that observes, understands, and comments on the narrative.

4. Besides an individually defined character, what does the narrator of a first person story need?
(a) A reason for telling the story.
(b) A knowledge of all other characters.
(c) A knowledge of the major characters.
(d) A reason for his/her actions in the story.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the number of characters available to a writer, according to the author in Chapter 18?

2. Based on the author's quote at the end of Chapter 16, when is a first person narrative not worth doing?

3. What reason does a character have for going through a random transformation?

4. What is one of fiction's most important purposes?

5. What type of humor is injected into a comedy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can a presentation perspective and a representation perspective be successfully applied?

5. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

9. What is the difference between first person narrative and third person narrative?

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

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