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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 is a narrative that is focused on an event trying to make sense of?

2. What do the most engaging characters reveal about themselves?

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

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

5. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Exaggeration is one of the techniques discussed for adding interest to characters and events.

1) Describe what exaggeration is, when it is used, and how it is applied.

2) List some examples of the types of stories that exaggeration can be used in along with why it is effective in them.

3) Explain about the precautions that the author gives when using exaggeration in a story and why it needs to be logical or justified.

Essay Topic 2

There are four basic factors that can be found in all narrative writing.

1) Describe milieu, how it works, and which stories feature it as the primary narrative.

2) Explain what the idea of a story is, which stories revolve around it, and how it changes the way the characters are developed.

3) Define character, the difficulties associated with a narrative based on character, and the techniques a writer can use to overcome them.

4) Explain what the event is, which types of stories are based on it, and the way fiction can use events to help make reality seem more logical.

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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