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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. In defining a fictional character, what causes people to behave differently?

3. What is part of the reader's experience of the milieu?

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

5. What is the author's theory about fiction in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can writers find characters within themselves?

5. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?

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

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

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

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

10. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the different techniques used to make a character more appealing and the ones used to generate a negative response. Also, explain how the events are affected by characters, the initial impressions, and how they are developed throughout a narrative. Be sure to include examples that display the overall purposes for a positive or negative character.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different voices people use and how they can change depending on the situation. Then, explain how those voices are incorporated into fiction, and which steps a writer takes in deciding the voice and tense of the narrator for their story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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