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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 describe what it means to "raise the stakes"?
(a) Increasing what a character has lost.
(b) Increasing what a character has to lose, but not to gain.
(c) Increasing what a character has gained.
(d) Increasing what a character has to lose or gain.

2. How does Chapter 1 end?
(a) With the value of a character's previous experiences.
(b) With the insignificance of a character's previous experiences.
(c) With the value of a character's physical appearance.
(d) With the insignificance of a character's physical appearance.

3. How will the story itself suggest characters?
(a) According to the beginning of a story.
(b) According to the ending of a story.
(c) According to what needs to happen, but not how it needs to take place.
(d) According to what needs to happen and how it needs to take place.

4. What kind of characterization is needed in a narrative that features the characters as the primary focus?
(a) Less detailed and simple.
(b) Less detailed, but complex.
(c) Detailed, but simple.
(d) Detailed and complex.

5. What does the author hope to give writers who read the book?
(a) A secret formula.
(b) A set of tools.
(c) A popular method.
(d) A specific set of instructions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the most engaging characters reveal about themselves?

2. How can emotion be elevated for a character by utilizing the natural world?

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

4. How many of the basic elements of a narrative does milieu incorporate?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Which traits will trigger dislike for a character?

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

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