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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. On a basic level, which one of the following defines character in a narrative?
(a) Relationships with milieu and idea.
(b) Relationships with milieu, but not idea.
(c) Relationships with all forms except for milieu and idea.
(d) Relationships with idea, but not milieu.

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

5. Which of the following is not an example of a broad stroke definition?
(a) Old/young.
(b) Antagonistic/responsive.
(c) Big/small.
(d) Male/female.

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

7. Which of the following is not an example of a minor character's function?
(a) To define the main theme.
(b) To act as a love interest.
(c) To create suspense.
(d) To offer information.

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

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

10. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?
(a) Uncontrollable.
(b) Temporary.
(c) Endearing.
(d) Unknown.

11. 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.

12. What is likely to cause an audience to connect with a character emotionally?
(a) Unexplained characteristics and/or thoughts.
(b) Appealing characteristics and/or values.
(c) Unexplained characteristics and/or values.
(d) Appealing characteristics and/or thoughts.

13. What technique can help avoid cliché?
(a) Exaggeration.
(b) Realism.
(c) Extensive descriptions.
(d) Brief descriptions.

14. What does the author think can also provide ideas for additional characters?
(a) The pasts of central characters.
(b) The future of supporting characters.
(c) The pasts of supporting characters.
(d) The future of central characters.

15. What kind of traits should a writer use when first introducing a character?
(a) Mysterious.
(b) Broad-strokes.
(c) Limiting.
(d) Detailed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides context, what else can a name provide for a character?

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

3. In an event-driven narrative, what is the goal of the characters?

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

5. What is milieu?

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