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

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

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

4. In the subtitle of "Characters and Viewpoint", what are the three objectives that the author promises to deliver?
(a) How to find, invent, and construct characters.
(b) How to invent, construct, and animate characters.
(c) How to invent, label, and portray characters.
(d) How to find, invent, and portray characters.

5. What is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?
(a) The characters tend to embody attitudes with no perspectives.
(b) The characters tend to embody attitudes or perspectives.
(c) The characters tend to embody perspectives with no attitudes.
(d) The characters embody neither attitudes nor perspectives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the writer use with words to achieve his/her main goals?

2. How should a character's traits be designed in order to engage the reader?

3. What does the author hope to give writers who read the book?

4. What will help a writer to maintain consistency?

5. In defining a fictional character, what causes people to behave differently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

2. In what way can the story itself provide a writer with additional characters?

3. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

4. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?

5. What is milieu and which types of stories feature it as the main narrative?

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

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

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

9. What is the contract that a writer makes with a reader, and when is it introduced?

10. What is the main point of Chapter 9, "The Hero and the Common Man"?

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