Characters and Viewpoint Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 will help a writer to maintain consistency?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where an idea is the primary narrative?

3. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?

4. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

5. What type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How well do readers want to know the fictional characters they are reading about, and what is the purpose of fiction in general?

6. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creating names for characters can give the reader clues about those characters' intentions and traits. Describe the selection process for names, what a writer should consider when naming their characters, how and why the names should vary, and what a name can represent. Also, explain the use of a list of characters and their traits along with how it can help writers maintain consistency in their work.

Essay Topic 2

The past can be used as the justification for future events that take place in a fictional story.

1) Describe 3 different techniques a writer can use to explore the past in fiction.

2) Define justification, why it is important, the effect it has on the characters, and how much justification is necessary in a story.

Essay Topic 3

Exaggeration is one of the techniques discussed for adding interest to characters and events.

1) Describe what exaggeration is, when it is used, and how it is applied.

2) List some examples of the types of stories that exaggeration can be used in along with why it is effective in them.

3) Explain about the precautions that the author gives when using exaggeration in a story and why it needs to be logical or justified.

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