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 is the fourth and final technique for interjecting humor listed by the author in Chapter 10?

2. What style of writing is effective in combining the telling of a story with the reason it is being told?

3. How can a character effectively have a random transformation?

4. In the author's opinion, what must a transformation be?

5. In comedy, how should a transformation be presented?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is comedy usually the result of, and what is humor based on?

6. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the presentation perspective with the representation perspective. Include a detailed definition of each one and their applications in fiction. Also, provide relevant examples of how a perspective can change a story and its characters.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the hero in fiction as it is described in the book. Explain the definition of a hero, what traits contribute to a heroic character, which situations can cause characters to reveal their heroic side, and how an ordinary person doing extraordinary things can add to the drama of a story. Include examples of literature to illustrate the way a hero can be created and developed effectively.

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