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. How can a character appear to change while remaining unchanged?

2. What does "controlled disbelief" refer to?

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

4. Which tenses are the most commonly used?

5. What should the writer avoid when defining the voice of a narrator?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can a random transformation be written if it seems to occur for no reason?

3. What are the advantages to using an omniscient or limited narration?

4. How do "showing" and "telling" affect the story?

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

6. What are the most common tenses used in narration and how does the author describe the risks involved with using different ones?

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

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

9. What is the difference between an omniscient narrator and a viewpoint narrator?

10. What are some of the different voices a person uses based on the situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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