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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1, Chapters 3 and 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?
(a) The writer's feelings.
(b) The writer's unrelated memories.
(c) The writer's self.
(d) The writer's previous works.

2. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?
(a) So they will sympathize with them more.
(b) So they will want to know more about them.
(c) So they will anticipate the events in the book.
(d) So they will understand them better.

3. How often are sources of inspiration altered?
(a) Sometimes.
(b) Very often.
(c) Hardly at all.
(d) Never.

4. According to the author, where do characters come from?
(a) They must be based on real life people.
(b) Everywhere.
(c) They must be purely fictional.
(d) The author's mind.

5. What does the author think about characters from unrelated ideas?
(a) It is possible to put them together, but not interesting.
(b) It is neither possible nor interesting to put them together.
(c) It would be interesting, but it is not possible to put them together.
(d) It is both possible and interesting to put them together.

Short Answer Questions

1. What will many experienced authors claim about their characters?

2. What type of reputation can a character have?

3. According to the author, what is the purpose of fiction?

4. What is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?

5. What part of a character's name provides a clear starting point for defining that character's context?

(see the answer key)

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