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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What can other characters provide for the main character?
(a) Assistance, but never conflict.
(b) Neither conflict nor assistance.
(c) Conflict, but never assistance.
(d) Conflict or assistance.

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

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

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

6. What is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?
(a) The characters tend to embody attitudes or perspectives.
(b) The characters tend to embody perspectives with no attitudes.
(c) The characters tend to embody attitudes with no perspectives.
(d) The characters embody neither attitudes nor perspectives.

7. 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) Length.
(c) Number of syllables.
(d) Ending letters.

8. What do the readers and creators of a contemporary narrative believe about in-depth characterization?
(a) It is neither expected nor necessary.
(b) It is expected, but not necessary.
(c) It is both expected and necessary.
(d) It is necessary, but not expected.

9. What determines the amount of characterization in an event?
(a) The number of pages.
(b) The timing of the event.
(c) The desire of the author.
(d) The importance of the event.

10. How does the author describe what it means to "raise the stakes"?
(a) Increasing what a character has to lose or gain.
(b) Increasing what a character has to lose, but not to gain.
(c) Increasing what a character has gained.
(d) Increasing what a character has lost.

11. What type of reaction will an audience have to a character with opposing characteristics?
(a) Immediate and negative.
(b) Slow, but mostly negative.
(c) Immediate, but not necessarily negative.
(d) They may not respond at all.

12. How many of the basic elements of a narrative does milieu incorporate?
(a) None of them.
(b) One of them.
(c) Three of them.
(d) All of them.

13. What does the author hope to give writers who read the book?
(a) A set of tools.
(b) A popular method.
(c) A specific set of instructions.
(d) A secret formula.

14. What do walk-ons lend to a narrative?
(a) Questions.
(b) Realism.
(c) Unpredictability.
(d) Depth.

15. How many different aspects of creative writing are there?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What will help a writer to maintain consistency?

3. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

4. What kind of jeopardy can a character be placed in to evoke an emotional response from the reader?

5. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?

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