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Gérard Genette Files

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Have been asked to host an episode of Jeopardy! You know—"America's Favorite Quiz Show." So I'm just running some ideas up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes. Am concerned that it might be too hard.

1. What we recount exactly when we recite the chronology in a fictional book in the order in which we heard it or something we give our French teacher when we forget to hand in our irregular verb conjugation homework.

What is a story?

2. Something bad that our parents display or the atmosphere in a story.

What is a mood?

3. The emotion used to describe what washes over you as midterms approach or a comparison between the chronological story and the true order of the narrative.

What is tense?

4. What you usually overdo in a yoga class or the term used to describe taking longer to read the book than the time it takes for the book's events to unfold.

What is a stretch?

5. This phrase describes the temperature in Minnesota in February or the phenomenon in which the narrator is as close as possible to the events he or she is narrating?

What is zero degree?

6. This word perfectly characterizes your best friend as you wait for him or her to pick you up to go to a party or a theoretical term for a narrator who cannot be trusted.

What is unreliable?

7. The feeling one gets when arriving home after sneaking out for a night of fun and frivolity without permission or a narrative moment when events in the future are foretold?

What is a flashforward (or, for bonus points, prolepsis)?

8. The position of your little brother or sister or a term to describe a secondary narrative that may be different from the main narrative.

What is subordinate?

9. You need to get this after you've been dumped by the man or woman of your dreams or the Structuralist term for point of view.

What is perspective?

10. A store at which to purchase good hoodies and jeans or a term for time that passes unnoted in a narrative—as in, did the author just skip, like, ten years? (See Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights for perfect examples.)

What is a gap?

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