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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How will the story itself suggest characters?
(a) According to the beginning of a story.
(b) According to the ending of a story.
(c) According to what needs to happen, but not how it needs to take place.
(d) According to what needs to happen and how it needs to take place.

2. With what does the author intend to help writers?
(a) Rating their work.
(b) Writing longer novels.
(c) Fulfilling their responsibilities.
(d) Writing shorter novels.

3. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?
(a) The writer's unrelated memories.
(b) The writer's self.
(c) The writer's previous works.
(d) The writer's feelings.

4. What happens to sources of inspiration once they are incorporated into characters?
(a) They are added to or exaggerated.
(b) They are added to or completely changed.
(c) They are exaggerated or completely changed.
(d) They are added to, exaggerated, or completely changed.

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

6. How many ways are there to know a character?
(a) Only one.
(b) None.
(c) Several.
(d) A few.

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

8. How is the event described?
(a) What happens in the narrative and why.
(b) What happens in the narrative and when.
(c) What happens outside of the narrative and when.
(d) What happens outside of the narrative and why.

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

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

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

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

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

14. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?
(a) Very few of them.
(b) Not all of them.
(c) None of them.
(d) At least half of them.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What two things should a writer be open to translating into their characters and stories?

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

4. What technique can help avoid cliché?

5. What kind of traits should a writer use when first introducing a character?

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