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 effect does writing down words have as opposed to speaking them?

2. What is the amount of justification proportionate to?

3. In the author's opinion, what must a transformation be?

4. What can a third person narrative suffer from?

5. What types of details are necessary to make a character believable?

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

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

4. How is the illusion of truth created?

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

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

7. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

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 3

Although the sources of inspiration are unlimited, analyze the following three places that a writer can find ideas for new characters.

1) Describe all of the people, places, and events in a person's life that can provide ideas for characters.

2) Explain how writers can find new characters within themselves and how those characters can be applied to fiction.

3) Describe the process for finding new characters in the story itself as well as the past experiences of existing characters.

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