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. Which one of the following is an example of a character that remains unchanged?

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

3. What is a common reaction to a change?

4. Which one of the following is not given in Chapter 12 as a reason for characters to change themselves?

5. According to the author in Chapter 10, what is comedy almost always about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the different voices people use and how they can change depending on the situation. Then, explain how those voices are incorporated into fiction, and which steps a writer takes in deciding the voice and tense of the narrator for their story.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of truth in fiction by comparing the illusion of truth with the actual depiction of it. Include which one is present in fiction, how the writer adds it, and the way it affects the characters and events. Use the book to also provide examples that support your analysis.

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