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 are the most popular forms of narration?

2. Based on the author's quote at the end of Chapter 16, when is a first person narrative not worth doing?

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

4. What is a Presentation perspective?

5. As explained in Chapter 15, what is the time difference in "showing" and "telling"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when a reader interprets a change in a character that was not intended?

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

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

5. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

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

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

8. How does the importance of a character affect the change undergone, and what effect does it have on the writing of the narrative?

9. In what ways can a character change him/herself?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Transformations are a key part to the emotional connection between a reader and a fictional story.

1) Explain how transformations can be misunderstood or feared, and why fiction is a way for people to feel less uncomfortable.

2) Describe the way a character can be transformed in fiction based on external events and characters or events that they have no control over.

3) Describe how characters can transform themselves, the reasons for this type of change, and which stories feature it the most.

4) Describe why it is possible for a character to go through a random transformation, the difficulties in writing it, and how they can be overcome.

5) Analyze the different techniques available to writers when developing a transformation in characters.

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