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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 many of the basic elements of a narrative does milieu incorporate?

2. How should a character's traits be designed in order to engage the reader?

3. What type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?

4. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

5. What balance must be met when creating an endearing character?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the role of a major character?

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

5. Is it possible to use less characterization in a story?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A writer can use a number of different techniques to define their characters.

1) Analyze stereotyping, its uses and application, and examples of how it can be used to introduce characters as well as develop them.

2) Describe a character's network and how it can be used to develop that character.

Essay Topic 2

Although the sources of inspiration are unlimited, analyze the following three places that a writer can find ideas for new characters.

1) Describe all of the people, places, and events in a person's life that can provide ideas for characters.

2) Explain how writers can find new characters within themselves and how those characters can be applied to fiction.

3) Describe the process for finding new characters in the story itself as well as the past experiences of existing characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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