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 do the motives of a believable character affect the direction of the story?

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

3. Which Irish novelist does the author refer to when describing characters that change from situations beyond their control?

4. What can happen when an abnormal tense is chosen by a writer?

5. What do third person narratives transcend?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when a reader interprets a change in a character that was not intended?

3. What can contribute to a powerful sense of attitude for a character?

4. How can a random transformation be written if it seems to occur for no reason?

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

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

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

8. What are some of the consequences that are beyond a character's control and provoke a transformation?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Comedy contains various elements that work together to provide humor in sometimes unexpected situations.

1) Explain how a comedy is normally based on a form of pain or suffering.

2) Describe the way comedic characters and events are derived from a sense of truth and why.

3) Analyze the different techniques used to interject humor into a story, the way they are used, and at least 3 examples of them.

4) Describe what controlled disbelief is, which characters are the most likely to use it, and why.

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

The narrator is a crucial part of fiction because he/she is responsible for telling the story. 1) Describe a first person narrative, its advantages and disadvantages, and the techniques a writer uses when writing in first person.

2) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of a third person narrative, including the differences between the omniscient and viewpoint narrator.

3) Explain the importance of the narration in fiction and how it can be written to engage the reader fully.

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