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 an omniscient narrator?

2. Which incidents in the story must the narrator be present for in order to make a first person narrative effective?

3. What is the number of characters available to a writer, according to the author in Chapter 18?

4. How much fiction uses random transformation?

5. In comedy, how should a transformation be presented?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What are the three levels in which a writer can penetrate the mind or experience of a viewpoint character?

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

7. What is "controlled disbelief"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Although the sources of inspiration are unlimited, analyze the following three places that a writer can find ideas for new characters.

1) Describe all of the people, places, and events in a person's life that can provide ideas for characters.

2) Explain how writers can find new characters within themselves and how those characters can be applied to fiction.

3) Describe the process for finding new characters in the story itself as well as the past experiences of existing characters.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the differences between the "showing" and "telling" style of narration, the purposes of each, and the techniques used for them. Use the book to describe at least 2 examples of each style and what they add to the story.

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