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 do third person narratives transcend?

3. What will the writer have with more important characters and changes?

4. How does the author describe the world created in a first person narrative in Chapter 16?

5. In a comedy, what are the comedic interjections grounded in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the importance of a character affect the change undergone, and what effect does it have on the writing of the narrative?

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

5. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Comedy contains various elements that work together to provide humor in sometimes unexpected situations.

1) Explain how a comedy is normally based on a form of pain or suffering.

2) Describe the way comedic characters and events are derived from a sense of truth and why.

3) Analyze the different techniques used to interject humor into a story, the way they are used, and at least 3 examples of them.

4) Describe what controlled disbelief is, which characters are the most likely to use it, and why.

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