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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. According to the author, what is the purpose of fiction?
(a) To give a detailed analysis of human mistakes.
(b) To give a better understanding of human nature.
(c) To give a detailed analysis of human nature.
(d) To give a better understanding of human mistakes.

2. What should a writer do when adding layers to a stereotyped character?
(a) Surprise the reader.
(b) Prove the reader wrong.
(c) Confirm the reader's expectations.
(d) Confuse the reader.

3. What will many experienced authors claim about their characters?
(a) They were inspired by history.
(b) They were completely invented for the story.
(c) They were taken from life.
(d) They were taken from other literary works.

4. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?
(a) Any landscape on earth.
(b) Very few landscapes on earth.
(c) Most landscapes on earth.
(d) No landscapes on earth.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What technique can help avoid cliché?

2. In the subtitle of "Characters and Viewpoint", what are the three objectives that the author promises to deliver?

3. With what does the author intend to help writers?

4. What kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?

5. What word is used to describe the life ideally given to fictional characters?

(see the answer key)

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