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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 type of physical appearance can make a character more engaging?
(a) Appealing and blatant.
(b) Appealing, but vague.
(c) Appealing and specific.
(d) Appealing and subtle.

2. What is the author's theory about fiction in Chapter 5?
(a) Fiction and reality cannot coexist without order.
(b) Fiction and reality can only coexist without order.
(c) Order in reality helps us create order in fiction.
(d) Order in fiction helps us create order in reality.

3. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?
(a) Very few landscapes on earth.
(b) Most landscapes on earth.
(c) No landscapes on earth.
(d) Any landscape on earth.

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

5. What kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?
(a) Ones that the reader is unaccustomed with.
(b) Ones that the character and the reader are expecting.
(c) Ones that the character has been in before.
(d) Ones that the character is unaccustomed with.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the two questions the author poses at the end of Chapter 2 add to a novel?

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

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

4. How does the author define an idea?

5. What kind of characterization is needed in a narrative that features the characters as the primary focus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the role of a major character?

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

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