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Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


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Chapter 24—Narrative Paradigm

  1. Explain the difference between the rational-world paradigm and the narrative paradigm. Why does Fisher believe this is a difference that truly makes a difference?
     
  2. Which is a worse story—a story that lacks coherence but has fidelity, or a story that lacks fidelity but has coherence?
     
  3. Think of the movie you have seen most recently. Explain whether the movie possesses narrative rationality.
     
  4. Both Fisher (“storytelling animals”) and Burke (“rotten with perfection”) attempt to define the essence of human nature. Compare and contrast their explanations of what it means to be human. Whose account do you find to have the most coherence and fidelity?
     
  5. At times, the chapter stops short of claiming that all communication is story (e.g., see the first sentence of the last paragraph in the chapter). Do you think all communication is story? If yes, explain why; if no, provide an example of communication that is not a story./li>

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

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  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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additional resources.
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New to Theory
Resources?

Find out more
in this short
video overview
(3:01).

Essay Questions
10th Edition

A self-help tool to aid in the study of the First Look text (started with the 9th Edition)


List mode: Normal (click on theory name to show detail) | Show All details | Clear details

Chapter 24—Narrative Paradigm

  1. Explain the difference between the rational-world paradigm and the narrative paradigm. Why does Fisher believe this is a difference that truly makes a difference?
     
  2. Which is a worse story—a story that lacks coherence but has fidelity, or a story that lacks fidelity but has coherence?
     
  3. Think of the movie you have seen most recently. Explain whether the movie possesses narrative rationality.
     
  4. Both Fisher (“storytelling animals”) and Burke (“rotten with perfection”) attempt to define the essence of human nature. Compare and contrast their explanations of what it means to be human. Whose account do you find to have the most coherence and fidelity?
     
  5. At times, the chapter stops short of claiming that all communication is story (e.g., see the first sentence of the last paragraph in the chapter). Do you think all communication is story? If yes, explain why; if no, provide an example of communication that is not a story./li>

You can access the Essay Questions for a particular chapter in several ways:

  • Switch to View by Theory, then select the desired theory/chapter from the drop-down list at the top of the page. Look in the list of available resources.
  • To quickly find a theory by chapter number, use the Table of Contents and link from there. It will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.
  • You can also use the Theory List, which will take you directly to the theory with available options highlighted.

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Resources available to all users:

  • Theory Overview—abstract of each chapter
  • Self-Help Quizzes—for student preparation
  • Chapter Outlines
  • Key Names—important names and terms in each chapter
  • Conversation Videos—interviews with theorists
  • Application Logs—student application of theories
  • Essay Questions—for student prepatation
  • Suggested Movie Clips—tie-in movie scenese to theories
  • Links—web resources related to each chapter
  • Primary Sources—for each theory with full chapter coverage
  • Further Resources—bibliographic and other suggestions
  • Changes—for each theory, since the previous edition
  • Theory Archive—PDF copies from the last edition in which a theory appeared

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  • Discussion Suggestions
  • Exercises & Activities
  • PowerPoint® presentations you can use
  • Short Answer Quizzes—suggested questions and answers
  • Compare Texts—comparison of theories covered in A First Look and ten other textbooks

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