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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 balance must be met when creating an endearing character?
(a) The balance between loss and hope.
(b) The balance between a leader and a follower.
(c) The balance between right and wrong.
(d) The balance between victimization and courage.

2. In an event-driven narrative, what is the goal of the characters?
(a) To avoid an intolerable situation.
(b) To hide an intolerable situation.
(c) To change an intolerable situation.
(d) To prevent an intolerable situation.

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

4. What kind of jeopardy can a character be placed in to evoke an emotional response from the reader?
(a) Only physical and believable.
(b) Only emotional and unbelievable.
(c) Physical or emotional, but unbelievable.
(d) Physical or emotional, but believable.

5. How is the event described?
(a) What happens in the narrative and why.
(b) What happens in the narrative and when.
(c) What happens outside of the narrative and when.
(d) What happens outside of the narrative and why.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?

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

3. According to the quote that ends Chapter 3, where does the author believe a writer can find wonderful stories?

4. What place can writers use as inspiration for their characters?

5. What two ideals is the author blending in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What techniques does the author describe in Chapter 3 about characters from unrelated ideas?

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

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

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