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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is not an example the author uses as a way to add emotional intensity to a character?
(a) Signs.
(b) Symbols.
(c) Mistakes.
(d) Omens.

2. When an idea is the primary focus, what is the role of the characters?
(a) Complex plot functionaries.
(b) They define the plot completely.
(c) Simple plot functionaries.
(d) They define the plot in some way.

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

4. What is a writer's fundamental responsibility?
(a) To observe and absorb the world, but never to analyze it.
(b) To observe the world, but never to absorb nor to analyze it.
(c) To observe and analyze the world, but never to absorb it.
(d) To observe, absorb, and analyze the world.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How can emotion be elevated for a character by utilizing the natural world?

4. What must a writer define in creative writing?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two aspects of creative writing and what is the difference between them?

2. What kind of act is writing and how does it compare to other mediums?

3. What are some of the consequences that are beyond a character's control and provoke a transformation?

4. What are some of the different voices a person uses based on the situation?

5. As explained in the Introduction, on what are the author's suggestions based?

6. What are the most common tenses used in narration and how does the author describe the risks involved with using different ones?

7. What creates believable characters, according to the author in, "The Serious Character: Make Us Believe"?

8. How can a writer explore a character's past?

9. What is comedy usually the result of, and what is humor based on?

10. How does the importance of a character affect the change undergone, and what effect does it have on the writing of the narrative?

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