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

2. 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.

3. What type of pain and suffering for a character causes the reader's emotional investment to expand?
(a) Imagined.
(b) Previous.
(c) Unreasonable.
(d) Potential.

4. What must a storyteller do when creating characters or events?
(a) Understand and define the theme.
(b) Broaden the plot.
(c) Broaden the theme.
(d) Understand and define the implications of the plot.

5. How does the author describe writing based on an issue?
(a) A distracting source of characters.
(b) A misleading source of characters.
(c) A tricky source of characters.
(d) An ambiguous source of characters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of reputation can a character have?

2. How will the story itself suggest characters?

3. How is the event described?

4. What two ideals is the author blending in Chapter 9?

5. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where an idea is the primary narrative?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

4. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

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

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

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

8. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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