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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is milieu?
(a) The mental, historical, or social context.
(b) The physical, cultural, or social context.
(c) The mental, cultural, or social context.
(d) The physical, historical, or social context.

2. What is the author's theory about fiction in Chapter 5?
(a) Fiction and reality can only coexist without order.
(b) Fiction and reality cannot coexist without order.
(c) Order in reality helps us create order in fiction.
(d) Order in fiction helps us create order in reality.

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

4. What balance must be met when creating an endearing character?
(a) The balance between a leader and a follower.
(b) The balance between loss and hope.
(c) The balance between victimization and courage.
(d) The balance between right and wrong.

5. According to the author, what is an engaging narrative never about?
(a) Ordinary people doing ordinary things for extraordinary reasons.
(b) Ordinary people doing ordinary things for ordinary reasons.
(c) Ordinary people doing extraordinary things for extraordinary reasons.
(d) Extraordinary people doing ordinary things for extraordinary reasons.

6. In an event-driven narrative, what is the goal of the characters?
(a) To hide an intolerable situation.
(b) To prevent an intolerable situation.
(c) To change an intolerable situation.
(d) To avoid an intolerable situation.

7. 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 thoughts of an individual with the natural world.
(d) By connecting the experiences of a group of people with the natural world.

8. What type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?
(a) Inconsistent.
(b) Incomprehensible.
(c) Small and underutilized.
(d) Large and overused.

9. Which one of the following is not an example of a character trait that will gain an emotional connection with the reader?
(a) Ambiguity.
(b) Negativity.
(c) Positive attitude.
(d) Cleverness.

10. In order to avoid being boring, what does a character have to be?
(a) Aggressive and mysterious.
(b) Familiar and idiosyncratic.
(c) Unfamiliar and idiosyncratic.
(d) Passive and mysterious.

11. What kind of story does the author use as an example of how a story can suggest characters?
(a) Space adventure.
(b) Natural disaster.
(c) Murder.
(d) Unwilling confinement.

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

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

14. 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) Any landscape on earth.
(c) Very few landscapes on earth.
(d) No landscapes on earth.

15. What is a narrative that is focused on an event trying to make sense of?
(a) Intentions.
(b) Milieu.
(c) Chaos.
(d) Ideas.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the author define an idea?

3. What place can writers use as inspiration for their characters?

4. What do walk-ons lend to a narrative?

5. What is the function of a major character?

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