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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 can other characters provide for the main character?
(a) Conflict, but never assistance.
(b) Conflict or assistance.
(c) Neither conflict nor assistance.
(d) Assistance, but never conflict.

2. What are three good example of character definition in fiction?
(a) Relatives, habits, and behavior.
(b) Talents, habits, and behavior.
(c) Talents, relatives, and behavior.
(d) Talents, relatives, and habits.

3. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?
(a) At least half of them.
(b) None of them.
(c) Not all of them.
(d) Very few of them.

4. 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 perspectives with no attitudes.
(c) The characters tend to embody attitudes or perspectives.
(d) The characters embody neither attitudes nor perspectives.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In order to avoid being boring, what does a character have to be?

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

3. Which one of the following is not an example the author uses as a way to add emotional intensity to a character?

4. With what does the author intend to help writers?

5. What part of a character's name provides a clear starting point for defining that character's context?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

5. What are the main functions of major and minor characters, and how can a writer achieve them?

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

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

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

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

(see the answer keys)

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