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 can changes in people be perceived by others?

2. Which one of the following is not an example used by the author when listing the different voices people use?

3. What type of relationships can contribute to a character's attitude?

4. What is a common reaction to a change?

5. What must happen when a narrator does not describe an event in a first person narration?

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

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

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

5. What are the advantages to using an omniscient or limited narration?

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

7. What choice must a writer make when using a first person narrative, and what should influence the decision?

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

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

Analyze the hero in fiction as it is described in the book. Explain the definition of a hero, what traits contribute to a heroic character, which situations can cause characters to reveal their heroic side, and how an ordinary person doing extraordinary things can add to the drama of a story. Include examples of literature to illustrate the way a hero can be created and developed effectively.

Essay Topic 2

There are four basic factors that can be found in all narrative writing.

1) Describe milieu, how it works, and which stories feature it as the primary narrative.

2) Explain what the idea of a story is, which stories revolve around it, and how it changes the way the characters are developed.

3) Define character, the difficulties associated with a narrative based on character, and the techniques a writer can use to overcome them.

4) Explain what the event is, which types of stories are based on it, and the way fiction can use events to help make reality seem more logical.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the reasons why a character must be believable and how a writer can create them in a way that makes them more believable. Use the book as a reference to provide examples of how major characters and minor characters are developed in fiction.

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