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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 the author define an idea?
(a) What the reader is intended to understand, but not necessarily learn.
(b) What the reader is intended to learn, but not necessarily understand.
(c) What the reader is not intended to understand and/or learn.
(d) What the reader is intended to understand and/or learn.

2. How is the event described?
(a) What happens outside of the narrative and why.
(b) What happens outside of the narrative and when.
(c) What happens in the narrative and when.
(d) What happens in the narrative and why.

3. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?
(a) Temporary.
(b) Unknown.
(c) Endearing.
(d) Uncontrollable.

4. In an event-driven narrative, what is the goal of the characters?
(a) To prevent an intolerable situation.
(b) To hide an intolerable situation.
(c) To change an intolerable situation.
(d) To avoid an intolerable situation.

5. What will many experienced authors claim about their characters?
(a) They were taken from life.
(b) They were completely invented for the story.
(c) They were inspired by history.
(d) They were taken from other literary works.

Short Answer Questions

1. What must a writer define in creative writing?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of a character trait that will gain an emotional connection with the reader?

3. What does having more complex characters lead to?

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

5. Which one of the following is not a powerful resource for finding characters listed by the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author mean when he writes about "raising the emotional stakes"?

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

3. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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

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

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

8. What are some of the ways a reader can know a character that is well written?

9. What does a character who becomes more heroic convey to the reader?

10. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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