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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

According to the author, writers have a responsibility to the reader and the world around them.

1) Describe the contract that a writer has with a reader and how it affects the way a story is presented and delivered.

2) Explain writers' responsibility in observing the events that take place in their life, how receptive they should be to them, and the way the events are analyzed when writing fiction.

Essay Topic 2

There are four basic factors that can be found in all narrative writing.

1) Describe milieu, how it works, and which stories feature it as the primary narrative.

2) Explain what the idea of a story is, which stories revolve around it, and how it changes the way the characters are developed.

3) Define character, the difficulties associated with a narrative based on character, and the techniques a writer can use to overcome them.

4) Explain what the event is, which types of stories are based on it, and the way fiction can use events to help make reality seem more logical.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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