Characters and Viewpoint Test | Final 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 type of motives should be included when writing a character that is more believable?

2. What type of relationships can contribute to a character's attitude?

3. What types of details are necessary to make a character believable?

4. What does the term, "take", describe in a comedy?

5. What reason does a character have for going through a random transformation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What creates believable characters, according to the author in, "The Serious Character: Make Us Believe"?

2. What are some of the consequences that are beyond a character's control and provoke a transformation?

3. What is the difference between first person narrative and third person narrative?

4. How does the topic of transformations lead the author to an important reason that fiction exists?

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

6. In what ways can a character change him/herself?

7. What are some of the limitations and advantages of the first person narrative?

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

9. What choice must a writer make when using a first person narrative, and what should influence the decision?

10. How is the illusion of truth created?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze the differences between the "showing" and "telling" style of narration, the purposes of each, and the techniques used for them. Use the book to describe at least 2 examples of each style and what they add to the story.

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