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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. With what does the author intend to help writers?

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

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

5. As what is the idea of hierarchy defined?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is comedy usually the result of, and what is humor based on?

5. What can contribute to a powerful sense of attitude for a character?

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

7. How do "showing" and "telling" affect the story?

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

9. How can a random transformation be written if it seems to occur for no reason?

10. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The past can be used as the justification for future events that take place in a fictional story.

1) Describe 3 different techniques a writer can use to explore the past in fiction.

2) Define justification, why it is important, the effect it has on the characters, and how much justification is necessary in a story.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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