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 a character effectively have a random transformation?

2. How much freedom do characters have to change in comedy?

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

4. In order to help make a character more believable, how should the details be presented?

5. What is the main advantage of a first person narrative?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How do "showing" and "telling" affect the story?

8. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

According to the author, writers have a responsibility to the reader and the world around them.

1) Describe the contract that a writer has with a reader and how it affects the way a story is presented and delivered.

2) Explain writers' responsibility in observing the events that take place in their life, how receptive they should be to them, and the way the events are analyzed when writing fiction.

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