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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 two things should a writer be open to translating into their characters and stories?

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

3. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?

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

5. How many basic types of characters are there?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What can contribute to a powerful sense of attitude for a character?

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

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

6. How can a writer explore a character's past?

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

8. What is the significance of a character's last name and why is that an important decision for a writer to make?

9. What is the role of a major character?

10. How can a presentation perspective and a representation perspective be successfully applied?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The narrator is a crucial part of fiction because he/she is responsible for telling the story. 1) Describe a first person narrative, its advantages and disadvantages, and the techniques a writer uses when writing in first person.

2) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a third person narrative, including the differences between the omniscient and viewpoint narrator.

3) Explain the importance of the narration in fiction and how it can be written to engage the reader fully.

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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