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. As explained in Chapter 15, what is the time difference in "showing" and "telling"?

2. What is the main advantage of a first person narrative?

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

4. Which type of narrative is most often used when writing from a Presentation perspective?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three levels in which a writer can penetrate the mind or experience of a viewpoint character?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when a reader interprets a change in a character that was not intended?

7. In Chapter 18, how does the author describe the potential of a writer in finding characters?

8. What is the author's theory of how people experience transformations in life?

9. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

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

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

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 3

Compare and contrast the hierarchy of the three types of characters in fiction. Use the book to provide and describe examples of walk-ons, minor characters, and major characters, the main functions of each, and any similarities between them.

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