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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 type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

2. According to the author, what is the purpose of fiction?

3. Why does a character in a novel pursue a transformation in his/her life?

4. What do the readers and creators of a contemporary narrative believe about in-depth characterization?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What choice must a writer make when using a first person narrative, and what should influence the decision?

2. What is the difference between an omniscient narrator and a viewpoint narrator?

3. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?

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

5. What creates believable characters, according to the author in, "The Serious Character: Make Us Believe"?

6. How can a presentation perspective and a representation perspective be successfully applied?

7. What are some of the techniques for interjecting humor?

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

9. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

10. What are the advantages to using an omniscient or limited narration?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the differences between the "showing" and "telling" style of narration, the purposes of each, and the techniques used for them. Use the book to describe at least 2 examples of each style and what they add to the story.

Essay Topic 2

There are four basic factors that can be found in all narrative writing.

1) Describe milieu, how it works, and which stories feature it as the primary narrative.

2) Explain what the idea of a story is, which stories revolve around it, and how it changes the way the characters are developed.

3) Define character, the difficulties associated with a narrative based on character, and the techniques a writer can use to overcome them.

4) Explain what the event is, which types of stories are based on it, and the way fiction can use events to help make reality seem more logical.

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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