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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 is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?

2. According to the author, what is an engaging narrative never about?

3. What do walk-ons lend to a narrative?

4. What type of pain and suffering for a character causes the reader's emotional investment to expand?

5. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can writers find characters within themselves?

3. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?

4. Is it possible to use less characterization in a story?

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

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

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

8. What is the role of a major character?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the hero in fiction as it is described in the book. Explain the definition of a hero, what traits contribute to a heroic character, which situations can cause characters to reveal their heroic side, and how an ordinary person doing extraordinary things can add to the drama of a story. Include examples of literature to illustrate the way a hero can be created and developed effectively.

Essay Topic 2

Creating names for characters can give the reader clues about those characters' intentions and traits. Describe the selection process for names, what a writer should consider when naming their characters, how and why the names should vary, and what a name can represent. Also, explain the use of a list of characters and their traits along with how it can help writers maintain consistency in their work.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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