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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the first way a writer can engage the reader?
(a) Creating an initial impression that does not appear strong or weak at first.
(b) Creating a strong initial impression.
(c) Creating a weak initial impression that improves quickly.
(d) Creating a weak initial impression that improves slowly.

3. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where milieu is the prime narrative?
(a) Fantasy.
(b) Mystery.
(c) Science-fiction.
(d) Western.

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

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

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

7. What kind of narrative should a storyteller use?
(a) Effective and poetic.
(b) Effective and engaging.
(c) Effective and condensed.
(d) Effective and involved.

8. What are three good example of character definition in fiction?
(a) Talents, habits, and behavior.
(b) Talents, relatives, and habits.
(c) Talents, relatives, and behavior.
(d) Relatives, habits, and behavior.

9. What type of reputation can a character have?
(a) Deserved or not deserved.
(b) One that is not deserved.
(c) A character should not have a reputation.
(d) One that is deserved.

10. What two ideals is the author blending in Chapter 9?
(a) The selfish with the unselfish.
(b) The predictable with the unpredictable.
(c) The romantic with the realistic.
(d) The intelligent with the unintelligent.

11. How does the author describe the act of creative writing in the Introduction?
(a) As an unlimited act.
(b) As a collaborative act.
(c) As a solitary act.
(d) As a limited act.

12. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?
(a) To make them more unrealistic
(b) To make them more mysterious.
(c) To make them more familiar.
(d) To make them more effective.

13. What do the most engaging characters reveal about themselves?
(a) A heroic side.
(b) Unknown flaws.
(c) Unknown fears.
(d) Fearlessness.

14. What does the contract between an author and a reader state?
(a) That the narrative will introduce less characters.
(b) That the narrative will have a happy ending.
(c) That the narrative will introduce more characters.
(d) That the narrative will reach a conclusion.

15. How necessary is it for characters to be more than stereotypes in a narrative where an idea is the primary focus?
(a) The characters are never more than stereotypes in a narrative.
(b) Rarely necessary.
(c) Very necessary.
(d) Somewhat necessary.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many ways are there to know a character?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?

3. What is part of the reader's experience of the milieu?

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

5. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?

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