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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 reaction will an audience have to a character with opposing characteristics?
(a) Immediate, but not necessarily negative.
(b) They may not respond at all.
(c) Slow, but mostly negative.
(d) Immediate and negative.

2. As what is the idea of hierarchy defined?
(a) A guideline to the role a character plays in the plot.
(b) A guideline to how many characters to include in a narrative.
(c) A guideline to the amount of narrative each character receives.
(d) A guideline to which characters to introduce first in a narrative.

3. What will help a writer to maintain consistency?
(a) Not having more than four supporting characters.
(b) Keeping a list of character traits and facts.
(c) Keeping a list of character names.
(d) Not having more than three central characters.

4. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?
(a) Four.
(b) Two.
(c) Six.
(d) Eight.

5. What is one of the problems with writing based on an issue?
(a) The characters tend to embody attitudes or perspectives.
(b) The characters tend to embody attitudes with no perspectives.
(c) The characters tend to embody perspectives with no attitudes.
(d) The characters embody neither attitudes nor perspectives.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what is the purpose of fiction?

2. Why should sources of inspiration be altered?

3. What kind of story does the author use as an example of how a story can suggest characters?

4. In defining a fictional character, what causes people to behave differently?

5. What is a writer's fundamental responsibility?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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

5. How does a writer create a strong initial impression for a character?

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

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

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

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

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

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