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 the fourth and final technique for interjecting humor listed by the author in Chapter 10?

2. Which type of narrative is most often used when writing from a Presentation perspective?

3. Which one of the following is an example of a character that remains unchanged?

4. What should the motives reveal when making a character more believable?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between first person narrative and third person narrative?

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

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

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

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

6. What are the most common tenses used in narration and how does the author describe the risks involved with using different ones?

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

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

9. How is the illusion of truth created?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the hierarchy of the three types of characters in fiction. Use the book to provide and describe examples of walk-ons, minor characters, and major characters, the main functions of each, and any similarities between them.

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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