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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 do walk-ons lend to a narrative?
(a) Depth.
(b) Questions.
(c) Realism.
(d) Unpredictability.

2. What two things should a writer be open to translating into their characters and stories?
(a) Impossibility and insight.
(b) Possibility and the unknown.
(c) Possibility and insight.
(d) Impossibility and the unknown.

3. What are three good example of character definition in fiction?
(a) Relatives, habits, and behavior.
(b) Talents, habits, and behavior.
(c) Talents, relatives, and habits.
(d) Talents, relatives, and behavior.

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

5. 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 unrelated memories.
(d) The writer's previous works.

Short Answer Questions

1. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

2. What is the first way a writer can engage the reader?

3. What is the function of a major character?

4. What should the writer's own experiences have in order to be used as fictional inspiration?

5. What does the writer use with words to achieve his/her main goals?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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

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

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

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

8. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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