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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?
(a) Very few landscapes on earth.
(b) Any landscape on earth.
(c) Most landscapes on earth.
(d) No landscapes on earth.

2. Which one of the following triggers a negative reaction from readers?
(a) A character who is confusing.
(b) A character who wants power or control.
(c) A character who is controlled by others.
(d) A character who confuses others.

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

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

5. What is the function of a major character?
(a) To be neither interesting nor believable.
(b) To be interesting and believable.
(c) To be interesting, but not necessarily believable.
(d) To be believable, but not necessarily interesting.

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

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

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

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

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

11. Besides emotional, what type of attention from the reader is the goal of Chapter 7?
(a) Inadvertent.
(b) Subconscious.
(c) Analytical.
(d) Intellectual.

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

13. Why does a character in a novel pursue a transformation in his/her life?
(a) His/her role has become unbearable.
(b) His/her role has become insignificant.
(c) His/her role has become complicated.
(d) His/her role has become unpredictable.

14. What place can writers use as inspiration for their characters?
(a) Observation, but not memory.
(b) Observation and memory.
(c) Memory, but not observation.
(d) Observation and another person's memory.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?

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

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

4. What will many experienced authors claim about their characters?

5. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?

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