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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 a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?
(a) The writer's feelings.
(b) The writer's self.
(c) The writer's previous works.
(d) The writer's unrelated memories.

2. According to the author, what is an engaging narrative never about?
(a) Ordinary people doing ordinary things for ordinary reasons.
(b) Ordinary people doing extraordinary things for extraordinary reasons.
(c) Extraordinary people doing ordinary things for extraordinary reasons.
(d) Ordinary people doing ordinary things for extraordinary reasons.

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

4. In a story where character is the primary focus, how many characters need to be fully developed?
(a) Not all of them.
(b) None of them.
(c) Very few of them.
(d) At least half of them.

5. How does the author describe the act of creative writing in the Introduction?
(a) As an unlimited act.
(b) As a solitary act.
(c) As a limited act.
(d) As a collaborative act.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of physical appearance can make a character more engaging?

3. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where milieu is the prime narrative?

4. How well do readers want to know characters in a book?

5. What kind of traits should a writer use when first introducing a character?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does character factor into a narrative and why is it often a complex process?

6. What is the role of a major character?

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

8. How can a negative character become more intriguing?

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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