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 are "showing" and "telling" defined?

2. As explained in Chapter 12, which author wrote stories that featured characters that did not change by their own motives?

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

4. What is the result of a narrative that feels like an act of memory?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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.

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