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 types of details are necessary to make a character believable?

2. What distinguishes a first person narrative from other forms?

3. What is the amount of justification proportionate to?

4. Which tenses are the most commonly used?

5. What happens if a disproportionate amount of justification is presented in a story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the difference between a presentation and a representation perspective?

5. What is the value of justification and how does a writer decide the amount to include in a story?

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

7. What is "controlled disbelief"?

8. What are some of the techniques for interjecting humor?

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

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

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

According to the author, writers have a responsibility to the reader and the world around them.

1) Describe the contract that a writer has with a reader and how it affects the way a story is presented and delivered.

2) Explain writers' responsibility in observing the events that take place in their life, how receptive they should be to them, and the way the events are analyzed when writing fiction.

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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