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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 will a writer discover when they take their eyes off of the main character?
(a) What is nearby.
(b) Who is far away.
(c) Who is nearby.
(d) What is far away.

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

3. Why is it necessary for a reader to care about the characters in a narrative?
(a) So they will understand them better.
(b) So they will sympathize with them more.
(c) So they will want to know more about them.
(d) So they will anticipate the events in the book.

4. What does having more complex characters lead to?
(a) Less possibilities.
(b) Less confusion.
(c) More possibilities.
(d) More confusion.

5. Which of the following is not an example of a broad stroke definition?
(a) Male/female.
(b) Big/small.
(c) Antagonistic/responsive.
(d) Old/young.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of imperfections can be appealing to readers?

2. When an idea is the primary focus, what is the role of the characters?

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

4. In an event-driven narrative, what is the goal of the characters?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As explained in the Introduction, on what are the author's suggestions based?

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

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

4. What is the role of a major character?

5. What is milieu and which types of stories feature it as the main narrative?

6. Is it possible to use less characterization in a story?

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

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

9. What is writing based on "issue", and how can it be a source for characters?

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

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