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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 physical appearance can make a character more engaging?

2. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?

3. Which of the following is not an example of a broad stroke definition?

4. What do the two questions the author poses at the end of Chapter 2 add to a novel?

5. How necessary is it for characters to be more than stereotypes in a narrative where an idea is the primary focus?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of act is writing and how does it compare to other mediums?

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

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

4. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

5. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?

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

7. What is the role of a major character?

8. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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

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

Transformations are a key part to the emotional connection between a reader and a fictional story.

1) Explain how transformations can be misunderstood or feared, and why fiction is a way for people to feel less uncomfortable.

2) Describe the way a character can be transformed in fiction based on external events and characters or events that they have no control over.

3) Describe how characters can transform themselves, the reasons for this type of change, and which stories feature it the most.

4) Describe why it is possible for a character to go through a random transformation, the difficulties in writing it, and how they can be overcome.

5) Analyze the different techniques available to writers when developing a transformation in characters.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the main purpose of writing by answering the following:

1) What is the purpose of fiction and characters that are written effectively?

2) What is the expectations that a reader has of a fictional story and why?

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