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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. What two things should a writer be open to translating into their characters and stories?

2. How many different aspects of creative writing are there?

3. How does the author define an idea?

4. What is a narrative that is focused on an event trying to make sense of?

5. What do walk-ons lend to a narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two aspects of creative writing and what is the difference between them?

2. What is the idea of a story, and how is it used?

3. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

4. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?

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

6. How does a writer create a strong initial impression for a character?

7. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?

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

9. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?

10. What techniques can a writer use to raise the emotional stakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different voices people use and how they can change depending on the situation. Then, explain how those voices are incorporated into fiction, and which steps a writer takes in deciding the voice and tense of the narrator for their story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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