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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not an example of a broad stroke definition?

2. What does the contract between an author and a reader state?

3. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?

4. What will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?

5. What word is used to describe the life ideally given to fictional characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the contract that a writer makes with a reader, and when is it introduced?

2. What is the significance of a character's last name and why is that an important decision for a writer to make?

3. What are some of the ways a reader can know a character that is well written?

4. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

5. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?

6. What technique does the author recommend when first introducing a character?

7. What is the role of a major character?

8. What is writing based on "issue", and how can it be a source for characters?

9. What is milieu and which types of stories feature it as the main narrative?

10. Is it possible to use less characterization in a story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Transformations are a key part to the emotional connection between a reader and a fictional story.

1) Explain how transformations can be misunderstood or feared, and why fiction is a way for people to feel less uncomfortable.

2) Describe the way a character can be transformed in fiction based on external events and characters or events that they have no control over.

3) Describe how characters can transform themselves, the reasons for this type of change, and which stories feature it the most.

4) Describe why it is possible for a character to go through a random transformation, the difficulties in writing it, and how they can be overcome.

5) Analyze the different techniques available to writers when developing a transformation in characters.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different techniques used to make a character more appealing and the ones used to generate a negative response. Also, explain how the events are affected by characters, the initial impressions, and how they are developed throughout a narrative. Be sure to include examples that display the overall purposes for a positive or negative character.

Essay Topic 3

The narrator is a crucial part of fiction because he/she is responsible for telling the story. 1) Describe a first person narrative, its advantages and disadvantages, and the techniques a writer uses when writing in first person.

2) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a third person narrative, including the differences between the omniscient and viewpoint narrator.

3) Explain the importance of the narration in fiction and how it can be written to engage the reader fully.

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