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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Although the sources of inspiration are unlimited, analyze the following three places that a writer can find ideas for new characters.

1) Describe all of the people, places, and events in a person's life that can provide ideas for characters.

2) Explain how writers can find new characters within themselves and how those characters can be applied to fiction.

3) Describe the process for finding new characters in the story itself as well as the past experiences of existing characters.

Essay Topic 2

Comedy contains various elements that work together to provide humor in sometimes unexpected situations.

1) Explain how a comedy is normally based on a form of pain or suffering.

2) Describe the way comedic characters and events are derived from a sense of truth and why.

3) Analyze the different techniques used to interject humor into a story, the way they are used, and at least 3 examples of them.

4) Describe what controlled disbelief is, which characters are the most likely to use it, and why.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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