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 Irish novelist does the author refer to when describing characters that change from situations beyond their control?

2. What do third person narratives transcend?

3. What should the writer avoid when defining the voice of a narrator?

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

5. What is a key contributor to a character's attitude?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is the illusion of truth created?

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

9. What are some of the limitations and advantages of the first person narrative?

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

Describe the different techniques used to make a character more appealing and the ones used to generate a negative response. Also, explain how the events are affected by characters, the initial impressions, and how they are developed throughout a narrative. Be sure to include examples that display the overall purposes for a positive or negative character.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The narrator is a crucial part of fiction because he/she is responsible for telling the story. 1) Describe a first person narrative, its advantages and disadvantages, and the techniques a writer uses when writing in first person.

2) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a third person narrative, including the differences between the omniscient and viewpoint narrator.

3) Explain the importance of the narration in fiction and how it can be written to engage the reader fully.

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