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 Ayn Rand book, mentioned in Chapter 12, features sympathetic characters that are not transformed, but unmasked?

2. Besides an individually defined character, what does the narrator of a first person story need?

3. What is the benefit of an omniscient narrator?

4. What is the number of characters available to a writer, according to the author in Chapter 18?

5. What is a Presentation perspective?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the value of justification and how does a writer decide the amount to include in a story?

8. How is the illusion of truth created?

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

10. What are some of the different voices a person uses based on the situation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Creating names for characters can give the reader clues about those characters' intentions and traits. Describe the selection process for names, what a writer should consider when naming their characters, how and why the names should vary, and what a name can represent. Also, explain the use of a list of characters and their traits along with how it can help writers maintain consistency in their work.

Essay Topic 3

Define creative writing as an art form using examples of other mediums and how they differ from writing. Also, compare and contrast the storyteller and the writer, their responsibilities, and the ways they approach the story.

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