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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 type of reputation can a character have?
(a) Deserved or not deserved.
(b) One that is deserved.
(c) A character should not have a reputation.
(d) One that is not deserved.

2. What word is used to describe the life ideally given to fictional characters?
(a) Interesting.
(b) Vivid.
(c) Eventful.
(d) Colorful.

3. What do the readers and creators of a contemporary narrative believe about in-depth characterization?
(a) It is both expected and necessary.
(b) It is neither expected nor necessary.
(c) It is necessary, but not expected.
(d) It is expected, but not necessary.

4. How many basic factors are there common to all forms of narrative writing?
(a) Eight.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Six.

5. What is the author's theory about fiction in Chapter 5?
(a) Fiction and reality can only coexist without order.
(b) Order in reality helps us create order in fiction.
(c) Fiction and reality cannot coexist without order.
(d) Order in fiction helps us create order in reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is milieu?

2. How is the event described?

3. In Chapter 8, how does the author want the reader to be engaged with a character?

4. What is a writer's fundamental responsibility?

5. What is the function of a major character?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the role of a major character?

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

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

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

6. What are some places that a writer can look to find the inspiration for characters?

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

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

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

10. How can writers find characters within themselves?

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