Characters and Viewpoint Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does the author describe the act of creative writing in the Introduction?

2. What will many experienced authors claim about their characters?

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

4. In order to avoid being boring, what does a character have to be?

5. What kind of traits should a writer use when first introducing a character?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

2. What is the significance of a character's last name and why is that an important decision for a writer to make?

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

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

5. What is writing based on "issue", and how can it be a source for characters?

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

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

8. How does a writer create a strong initial impression for a character?

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

10. How can writers find characters within themselves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of truth in fiction by comparing the illusion of truth with the actual depiction of it. Include which one is present in fiction, how the writer adds it, and the way it affects the characters and events. Use the book to also provide examples that support your analysis.

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

Comedy contains various elements that work together to provide humor in sometimes unexpected situations.

1) Explain how a comedy is normally based on a form of pain or suffering.

2) Describe the way comedic characters and events are derived from a sense of truth and why.

3) Analyze the different techniques used to interject humor into a story, the way they are used, and at least 3 examples of them.

4) Describe what controlled disbelief is, which characters are the most likely to use it, and why.

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