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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?
(a) Initials.
(b) Ending letters.
(c) Length.
(d) Number of syllables.

2. How does the author define an idea?
(a) What the reader is not intended to understand and/or learn.
(b) What the reader is intended to learn, but not necessarily understand.
(c) What the reader is intended to understand, but not necessarily learn.
(d) What the reader is intended to understand and/or learn.

3. What kind of characterization is needed in a narrative that features the characters as the primary focus?
(a) Detailed and complex.
(b) Less detailed and simple.
(c) Less detailed, but complex.
(d) Detailed, but simple.

4. How can emotion be elevated for a character by utilizing the natural world?
(a) By connecting the experiences of an individual with the natural world.
(b) By connecting the thoughts of a group of people with the natural world.
(c) By connecting the experiences of a group of people with the natural world.
(d) By connecting the thoughts of an individual with the natural world.

5. What does the writer use with words to achieve his/her main goals?
(a) Structure.
(b) Research.
(c) Grammar.
(d) Poetic license.

6. Why does a character in a novel pursue a transformation in his/her life?
(a) His/her role has become unpredictable.
(b) His/her role has become unbearable.
(c) His/her role has become insignificant.
(d) His/her role has become complicated.

7. As what is the idea of hierarchy defined?
(a) A guideline to the amount of narrative each character receives.
(b) A guideline to which characters to introduce first in a narrative.
(c) A guideline to how many characters to include in a narrative.
(d) A guideline to the role a character plays in the plot.

8. What type of physical appearance can make a character more engaging?
(a) Appealing and subtle.
(b) Appealing and blatant.
(c) Appealing, but vague.
(d) Appealing and specific.

9. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?
(a) Eight.
(b) Two.
(c) Six.
(d) Four.

10. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where an idea is the primary narrative?
(a) Caper.
(b) Detective.
(c) Mystery.
(d) Western.

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

12. 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 previous works.
(d) The writer's self.

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

14. What is a writer's fundamental responsibility?
(a) To observe and analyze the world, but never to absorb it.
(b) To observe the world, but never to absorb nor to analyze it.
(c) To observe, absorb, and analyze the world.
(d) To observe and absorb the world, but never to analyze it.

15. What kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?
(a) Ones that the character is unaccustomed with.
(b) Ones that the reader is unaccustomed with.
(c) Ones that the character has been in before.
(d) Ones that the character and the reader are expecting.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to sources of inspiration once they are incorporated into characters?

2. What kind of narrative should a storyteller use?

3. How many of the basic elements of a narrative does milieu incorporate?

4. How should a character's traits be designed in order to engage the reader?

5. What kind of story does the author use as an example of how a story can suggest characters?

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