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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. How does the author define an idea?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?

3. With what does the author intend to help writers?

4. What is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?

5. What happens to sources of inspiration once they are incorporated into characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

3. What is the intent of the author in "Characters and Viewpoint"?

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

5. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?

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

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

8. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

9. How does character factor into a narrative and why is it often a complex process?

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

Explain the reasons why a character must be believable and how a writer can create them in a way that makes them more believable. Use the book as a reference to provide examples of how major characters and minor characters are developed in fiction.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of truth in fiction by comparing the illusion of truth with the actual depiction of it. Include which one is present in fiction, how the writer adds it, and the way it affects the characters and events. Use the book to also provide examples that support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the presentation perspective with the representation perspective. Include a detailed definition of each one and their applications in fiction. Also, provide relevant examples of how a perspective can change a story and its characters.

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