Characters and Viewpoint Test | 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. What is a narrative that is focused on an event trying to make sense of?

2. Which one of the following triggers a negative reaction from readers?

3. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?

4. Which of the following is not an example of a minor character's function?

5. What happens to sources of inspiration once they are incorporated into characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. How well do readers want to know the fictional characters they are reading about, and what is the purpose of fiction in general?

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

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

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

5. What are the two aspects of creative writing and what is the difference between them?

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

7. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

9. What is the role of a major character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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