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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 kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?
2. What does having more complex characters lead to?
3. What can cause a reader to become more engaged with a character?
4. Which one of the following triggers a negative reaction from readers?
5. How does the author define an idea?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the two aspects of creative writing and what is the difference between them?
2. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?
3. What techniques does the author describe in Chapter 3 about characters from unrelated ideas?
4. How can a negative character become more intriguing?
5. What kind of act is writing and how does it compare to other mediums?
6. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?
7. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?
8. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?
9. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?
10. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the presentation perspective with the representation perspective. Include a detailed definition of each one and their applications in fiction. Also, provide relevant examples of how a perspective can change a story and its characters.
Essay Topic 2
Transformations are a key part to the emotional connection between a reader and a fictional story.
1) Explain how transformations can be misunderstood or feared, and why fiction is a way for people to feel less uncomfortable.
2) Describe the way a character can be transformed in fiction based on external events and characters or events that they have no control over.
3) Describe how characters can transform themselves, the reasons for this type of change, and which stories feature it the most.
4) Describe why it is possible for a character to go through a random transformation, the difficulties in writing it, and how they can be overcome.
5) Analyze the different techniques available to writers when developing a transformation in characters.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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