Characters and Viewpoint Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of motives should be included when writing a character that is more believable?

3. How are "showing" and "telling" defined?

4. What does the term, "take", describe in a comedy?

5. What style of writing is effective in combining the telling of a story with the reason it is being told?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the role of truth in fiction by comparing the illusion of truth with the actual depiction of it. Include which one is present in fiction, how the writer adds it, and the way it affects the characters and events. Use the book to also provide examples that support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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