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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. What should a writer do when adding layers to a stereotyped character?

3. How does the author describe writing based on an issue?

4. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?

5. What type of pain and suffering for a character causes the reader's emotional investment to expand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the importance of a character affect the change undergone, and what effect does it have on the writing of the narrative?

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

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

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

8. What is the contract that a writer makes with a reader, and when is it introduced?

9. How well do readers want to know the fictional characters they are reading about, and what is the purpose of fiction in general?

10. How can a writer explore a character's past?

Essay 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

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.

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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