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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 kind of traits should a writer use when first introducing a character?
2. What type of pain and suffering for a character causes the reader's emotional investment to expand?
3. What do the most engaging characters reveal about themselves?
4. What will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?
5. In the subtitle of "Characters and Viewpoint", what are the three objectives that the author promises to deliver?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?
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 is the contract that a writer makes with a reader, and when is it introduced?
4. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?
5. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?
6. What is the intent of the author in "Characters and Viewpoint"?
7. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?
8. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?
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. What are some of the ways a reader can know a character that is well written?
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
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.
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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