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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 an example of a story where an idea is the primary narrative?
(a) Western.
(b) Mystery.
(c) Caper.
(d) Detective.

2. Which one of the following triggers a negative reaction from readers?
(a) A character who is confusing.
(b) A character who confuses others.
(c) A character who wants power or control.
(d) A character who is controlled by others.

3. What kind of story does the author use as an example of how a story can suggest characters?
(a) Unwilling confinement.
(b) Natural disaster.
(c) Space adventure.
(d) Murder.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kinds of situations can make a character more interesting?

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

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

4. What is a writer's fundamental responsibility?

5. According to the author, what is the purpose of fiction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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