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

2. How many basic types of characters are there?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Four.

3. 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.

4. What is part of the reader's experience of the milieu?
(a) The normalcy and predictability of the characters.
(b) The strangeness and unfamiliarity of the characters.
(c) The normalcy and unpredictability of the characters.
(d) The strangeness and familiarity of the characters.

5. What is likely to cause an audience to connect with a character emotionally?
(a) Unexplained characteristics and/or values.
(b) Appealing characteristics and/or values.
(c) Unexplained characteristics and/or thoughts.
(d) Appealing characteristics and/or thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does having more complex characters lead to?

2. What does the contract between an author and a reader state?

3. What does the author think can also provide ideas for additional characters?

4. What should a writer do when adding layers to a stereotyped character?

5. What must accompany self-sacrifice in an engaging character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What techniques does the author describe in Chapter 3 about characters from unrelated ideas?

2. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

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

4. What is the difference between a presentation and a representation perspective?

5. What is the significance of a character's last name and why is that an important decision for a writer to make?

6. How well do readers want to know the fictional characters they are reading about, and what is the purpose of fiction in general?

7. How does character factor into a narrative and why is it often a complex process?

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

9. What is the difference between first person narrative and third person narrative?

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

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