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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 do the two questions the author poses at the end of Chapter 2 add to a novel?
(a) Practical interest for the background of a character.
(b) Dramatic interest for the background of a character.
(c) Practical interest for the characters and events.
(d) Dramatic interest for the characters and events.

2. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where milieu is the prime narrative?
(a) Science-fiction.
(b) Western.
(c) Fantasy.
(d) Mystery.

3. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?
(a) Length.
(b) Initials.
(c) Ending letters.
(d) Number of syllables.

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

5. What is the function of a major character?
(a) To be interesting and believable.
(b) To be interesting, but not necessarily believable.
(c) To be believable, but not necessarily interesting.
(d) To be neither interesting nor believable.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?

3. What type of physical appearance can make a character more engaging?

4. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

5. What is likely to cause an audience to connect with a character emotionally?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the idea of a story, and how is it used?

2. What are some of the ways a reader can know a character that is well written?

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

4. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

6. What are some characteristics that make characters more appealing in general?

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

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

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

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

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