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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 must a storyteller do when creating characters or events?

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

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

4. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

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

5. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?

6. What kind of act is writing and how does it compare to other mediums?

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

8. What techniques does the author describe in Chapter 3 about characters from unrelated ideas?

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

10. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Creating names for characters can give the reader clues about those characters' intentions and traits. Describe the selection process for names, what a writer should consider when naming their characters, how and why the names should vary, and what a name can represent. Also, explain the use of a list of characters and their traits along with how it can help writers maintain consistency in their work.

Essay Topic 2

Transformations are a key part to the emotional connection between a reader and a fictional story.

1) Explain how transformations can be misunderstood or feared, and why fiction is a way for people to feel less uncomfortable.

2) Describe the way a character can be transformed in fiction based on external events and characters or events that they have no control over.

3) Describe how characters can transform themselves, the reasons for this type of change, and which stories feature it the most.

4) Describe why it is possible for a character to go through a random transformation, the difficulties in writing it, and how they can be overcome.

5) Analyze the different techniques available to writers when developing a transformation in characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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