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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 many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?

2. What kind of characterization is needed in a narrative that features the characters as the primary focus?

3. How is the event described?

4. What part of a character's name provides a clear starting point for defining that character's context?

5. In defining a fictional character, what causes people to behave differently?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the main point of Chapter 9, "The Hero and the Common Man"?

4. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?

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

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

7. What are the main functions of major and minor characters, and how can a writer achieve them?

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

9. As explained in the Introduction, on what are the author's suggestions based?

10. What techniques does the author describe in Chapter 3 about characters from unrelated ideas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the differences between the "showing" and "telling" style of narration, the purposes of each, and the techniques used for them. Use the book to describe at least 2 examples of each style and what they add to the 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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