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 is a Presentation perspective?

2. What is the fourth and final technique for interjecting humor listed by the author in Chapter 10?

3. According to the author in Chapter 10, what is comedy almost always about?

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

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

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 does the topic of transformations lead the author to an important reason that fiction exists?

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

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

5. How can a writer explore a character's past?

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

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

8. How is the illusion of truth created?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different voices people use and how they can change depending on the situation. Then, explain how those voices are incorporated into fiction, and which steps a writer takes in deciding the voice and tense of the narrator for their story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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