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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. 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.

2. In Chapter 8, how does the author want the reader to be engaged with a character?
(a) Immediately, but partially.
(b) Fully, but gradually.
(c) Fully and immediately.
(d) Partially and gradually.

3. What should a writer do when adding layers to a stereotyped character?
(a) Confirm the reader's expectations.
(b) Confuse the reader.
(c) Prove the reader wrong.
(d) Surprise the reader.

4. What two ideals is the author blending in Chapter 9?
(a) The romantic with the realistic.
(b) The predictable with the unpredictable.
(c) The intelligent with the unintelligent.
(d) The selfish with the unselfish.

5. What does the contract between an author and a reader state?
(a) That the narrative will have a happy ending.
(b) That the narrative will introduce less characters.
(c) That the narrative will introduce more characters.
(d) That the narrative will reach a conclusion.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the subtitle of "Characters and Viewpoint", what are the three objectives that the author promises to deliver?

2. What are three good example of character definition in fiction?

3. On a basic level, which one of the following defines character in a narrative?

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

5. What does having more complex characters lead to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the intent of the author in "Characters and Viewpoint"?

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

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

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