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 much freedom do characters have to change in comedy?

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

3. What type of attitude should a character have with reference to events?

4. How should exaggeration be used when writing a comedy?

5. According to the author in Chapter 13, what is the writer's responsibility?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

The past can be used as the justification for future events that take place in a fictional story.

1) Describe 3 different techniques a writer can use to explore the past in fiction.

2) Define justification, why it is important, the effect it has on the characters, and how much justification is necessary in a story.

Essay Topic 2

Define creative writing as an art form using examples of other mediums and how they differ from writing. Also, compare and contrast the storyteller and the writer, their responsibilities, and the ways they approach the story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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