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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. How does Chapter 1 end?
(a) With the insignificance of a character's physical appearance.
(b) With the value of a character's physical appearance.
(c) With the insignificance of a character's previous experiences.
(d) With the value of a character's previous experiences.

2. What type of vocabulary creates a negative response to a character?
(a) Inconsistent.
(b) Small and underutilized.
(c) Incomprehensible.
(d) Large and overused.

3. Besides emotional, what type of attention from the reader is the goal of Chapter 7?
(a) Inadvertent.
(b) Subconscious.
(c) Intellectual.
(d) Analytical.

4. Which of the following is not an example of a minor character's function?
(a) To act as a love interest.
(b) To create suspense.
(c) To offer information.
(d) To define the main theme.

5. What does the author think about characters from unrelated ideas?
(a) It is possible to put them together, but not interesting.
(b) It is neither possible nor interesting to put them together.
(c) It is both possible and interesting to put them together.
(d) It would be interesting, but it is not possible to put them together.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is part of the reader's experience of the milieu?

3. What technique can help avoid cliché?

4. What type of pain and suffering for a character causes the reader's emotional investment to expand?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is an event-focused narrative and how much characterization is necessary for it?

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

7. What are the two aspects of creative writing and what is the difference between them?

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

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

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

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