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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. With what does the author intend to help writers?

2. What do walk-ons lend to a narrative?

3. How does the author describe what it means to "raise the stakes"?

4. What is part of the reader's experience of the milieu?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the main point of Chapter 9, "The Hero and the Common Man"?

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

9. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?

10. What technique does the author recommend when first introducing a character?

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

Compare and contrast the hierarchy of the three types of characters in fiction. Use the book to provide and describe examples of walk-ons, minor characters, and major characters, the main functions of each, and any similarities between them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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