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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. Besides emotional, what type of attention from the reader is the goal of Chapter 7?

2. What type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?

3. What should a writer do when adding layers to a stereotyped character?

4. How will the story itself suggest characters?

5. What type of reputation can a character have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What techniques can a writer use to raise the emotional stakes?

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

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

4. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?

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

6. What is milieu and which types of stories feature it as the main narrative?

7. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

8. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

9. How does character factor into a narrative and why is it often a complex process?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator is a crucial part of fiction because he/she is responsible for telling the story. 1) Describe a first person narrative, its advantages and disadvantages, and the techniques a writer uses when writing in first person.

2) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a third person narrative, including the differences between the omniscient and viewpoint narrator.

3) Explain the importance of the narration in fiction and how it can be written to engage the reader fully.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the reasons why a character must be believable and how a writer can create them in a way that makes them more believable. Use the book as a reference to provide examples of how major characters and minor characters are developed in fiction.

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