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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. What technique can help avoid cliché?
(a) Brief descriptions.
(b) Extensive descriptions.
(c) Exaggeration.
(d) Realism.

2. How necessary is it for characters to be more than stereotypes in a narrative where an idea is the primary focus?
(a) Somewhat necessary.
(b) Very necessary.
(c) Rarely necessary.
(d) The characters are never more than stereotypes in a narrative.

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

4. According to the author, where do characters come from?
(a) Everywhere.
(b) They must be based on real life people.
(c) The author's mind.
(d) They must be purely fictional.

5. What will help a writer to maintain consistency?
(a) Not having more than four supporting characters.
(b) Keeping a list of character traits and facts.
(c) Keeping a list of character names.
(d) Not having more than three central characters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?

3. What kind of narrative should a storyteller use?

4. How many basic types of characters are there?

5. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is writing based on "issue", and how can it be a source for characters?

3. What technique does the author recommend when first introducing a character?

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

5. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?

6. What is the difference between "walk-ons" and minor characters?

7. What is a helpful tip about keeping track of character names that the author provides at the end of Chapter 4?

8. Is it possible to use less characterization in a story?

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

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

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