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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. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?

3. How does the author define an idea?

4. What will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?

5. What must a writer define in creative writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the idea of a story, and how is it used?

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

3. What is the role of a major character?

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

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

6. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

7. What technique does the author recommend when first introducing a character?

8. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

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

10. What is a helpful tip about keeping track of character names that the author provides at the end of Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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