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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. Which of the following is not an example of a broad stroke definition?

2. In order to avoid being boring, what does a character have to be?

3. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?

4. How does the author describe what it means to "raise the stakes"?

5. What will help a writer to maintain consistency?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the ways a reader can know a character that is well written?

2. What kind of act is writing and how does it compare to other mediums?

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

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

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

6. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

8. What are some characteristics that make characters more appealing in general?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define creative writing as an art form using examples of other mediums and how they differ from writing. Also, compare and contrast the storyteller and the writer, their responsibilities, and the ways they approach the story.

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 main purpose of writing by answering the following:

1) What is the purpose of fiction and characters that are written effectively?

2) What is the expectations that a reader has of a fictional story and why?

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