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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 type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?

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

4. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?

5. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?

2. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

3. How does character factor into a narrative and why is it often a complex process?

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

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

6. What are some characteristics that make characters more appealing in general?

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

8. What is the idea of a story, and how is it used?

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

According to the author, writers have a responsibility to the reader and the world around them.

1) Describe the contract that a writer has with a reader and how it affects the way a story is presented and delivered.

2) Explain writers' responsibility in observing the events that take place in their life, how receptive they should be to them, and the way the events are analyzed when writing fiction.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the different techniques used to make a character more appealing and the ones used to generate a negative response. Also, explain how the events are affected by characters, the initial impressions, and how they are developed throughout a narrative. Be sure to include examples that display the overall purposes for a positive or negative character.

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