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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 the author uses as a way to add emotional intensity to a character?
(a) Mistakes.
(b) Signs.
(c) Omens.
(d) Symbols.

2. What two ideals is the author blending in Chapter 9?
(a) The romantic with the realistic.
(b) The intelligent with the unintelligent.
(c) The selfish with the unselfish.
(d) The predictable with the unpredictable.

3. Which one of the following is not an example of how to vary the names of characters to distinguish them for the reader?
(a) Ending letters.
(b) Number of syllables.
(c) Length.
(d) Initials.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How often are sources of inspiration altered?

2. Which one of the following is not an example of a story where an idea is the primary narrative?

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

4. What part of a character's name provides a clear starting point for defining that character's context?

5. What can other characters provide for the main character?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the most common tenses used in narration and how does the author describe the risks involved with using different ones?

3. What are some of the different voices a person uses based on the situation?

4. How and why should a writer vary the names used in their stories?

5. What are some of the ways a writer can develop a story around characters that do not change?

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

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

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

9. What is a helpful tip about keeping track of character names that the author provides at the end of Chapter 4?

10. What are the three levels in which a writer can penetrate the mind or experience of a viewpoint character?

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