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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 can emotion be elevated for a character by utilizing the natural world?

2. What kind of jeopardy can a character be placed in to evoke an emotional response from the reader?

3. What can cause a reader to become more engaged with a character?

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

5. What does the author hope to give writers who read the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the role of a major character?

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

Define creative writing as an art form using examples of other mediums and how they differ from writing. Also, compare and contrast the storyteller and the writer, their responsibilities, and the ways they approach the story.

Essay Topic 2

A writer can use a number of different techniques to define their characters.

1) Analyze stereotyping, its uses and application, and examples of how it can be used to introduce characters as well as develop them.

2) Describe a character's network and how it can be used to develop that character.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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