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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. How will the story itself suggest characters?

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

3. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?

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

5. As what is the idea of hierarchy defined?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

3. What choice must a writer make when using a first person narrative, and what should influence the decision?

4. What is comedy usually the result of, and what is humor based on?

5. What can contribute to a powerful sense of attitude for a character?

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

7. How do "showing" and "telling" affect the story?

8. How can a presentation perspective and a representation perspective be successfully applied?

9. How can a random transformation be written if it seems to occur for no reason?

10. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the hierarchy of the three types of characters in fiction. Use the book to provide and describe examples of walk-ons, minor characters, and major characters, the main functions of each, and any similarities between them.

Essay Topic 2

Although the sources of inspiration are unlimited, analyze the following three places that a writer can find ideas for new characters.

1) Describe all of the people, places, and events in a person's life that can provide ideas for characters.

2) Explain how writers can find new characters within themselves and how those characters can be applied to fiction.

3) Describe the process for finding new characters in the story itself as well as the past experiences of existing characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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