Creating Short Fiction Test | Mid-Book 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. According to Knight, what does fiction require to be believable?

2. What does Knight describe as being a writer's job?

3. What does Knight describe as being the end of conflict?

4. What are the materials in a story?

5. What was Knight unable to do as a teenager?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Knight suggest that non-writers have a hard time understanding writers?

2. What are the advantages of the omniscient viewpoint?

3. What are the benefits Knight describes of being a writer, as well as the disadvantages?

4. What does it mean for a writer to use constraints?

5. What journey does Knight expect his students to take as writers?

6. How can one learn to empathize?

7. What is Knight's final and most important tip?

8. What does a reader expect at the end of a story?

9. How can a writer avoid the expository lump?

10. What is tone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Knight, how can a writer get ideas? What are some common sources of inspiration for writers, including Knight?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the different viewpoints that Knight presents in his book. Which is the most advantageous? Which is the most difficult? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Knight places emphasis on the end of a story. Why? What does Knight suggest that all readers want in an ending? What makes a bad ending?

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