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

2. What can cause a reader to become more engaged with a character?
(a) Making what is happening to a character more important to only the minor characters.
(b) Making what is happening to a character more important to another character.
(c) Making what is happening to a character more important to all other characters.
(d) Making what is happening to a character more important to that character.

3. What do the most engaging characters reveal about themselves?
(a) Unknown fears.
(b) Fearlessness.
(c) Unknown flaws.
(d) A heroic side.

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

5. What will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?
(a) What is nearby.
(b) Who is far away.
(c) Who is nearby.
(d) What is far away.

Short Answer Questions

1. As what is the idea of hierarchy defined?

2. How will the story itself suggest characters?

3. What kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?

4. How necessary is it for characters to be more than stereotypes in a narrative where an idea is the primary focus?

5. Besides emotional, what type of attention from the reader is the goal of Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

5. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?

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

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

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

9. What techniques can a writer use to raise the emotional stakes?

10. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?

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