1. Fisher believes that human nature is epitomized by
2. Which of the following is one of the assumptions of the prevailing rational-world paradigm?
People are essentially rational.
3. Which of the following is one of the assumptions of the narrative paradigm?
A. We make decisions on the basis of good reasons.
4. The ultimate test of narrative coherence is whether or not
A. the characters act in a reliable manner.
5. To the extent that the details of the story portray the world we live in, the narrative has
6. Fisher believes that stories can be evaluated using the twin tests of narrative
coherence and fidelity.
7. According to Fisher, the ideal audience
is guided by humane values in determining good reasons.
8. One critic of Fisher's theory charges that his narrative paradigm
A. cannot explain why religious rhetoric is persuasive.
9. Which of the following is not one of the values that Fisher believes shapes our logic of good reasons?
10. The narrative paradigm has been criticized because
the standard of narrative fidelity implies that good stories can only reinforce—rather than challenge—the values of the audience.
11. Fisher holds that all forms of human communication need to be seen fundamentally as stories.
12. Fisher maintains that offering good reasons has more to do with telling a compelling story than it does with piling up evidence or constructing a tight argument.
13. Fisher argues that only a very few types of communication are either purely descriptive or didactic.
14. The narrative paradigm sees the world as a collection of logical puzzles that we can solve through rational analysis.
15. According to Fisher, not all stories are equally good.