Characters and Viewpoint Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?

2. What do the two questions the author poses at the end of Chapter 2 add to a novel?

3. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

4. What does the writer use with words to achieve his/her main goals?

5. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of a major character?

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

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

5. What techniques can a writer use to raise the emotional stakes?

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

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

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

9. As explained in the Introduction, on what are the author's suggestions based?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Explain the main purpose of writing by answering the following:

1) What is the purpose of fiction and characters that are written effectively?

2) What is the expectations that a reader has of a fictional story and why?

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