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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Knight, what does a good writer write?
(a) What he hears.
(b) What he does.
(c) What he knows.
(d) What he sees.

2. What does the unconscious mind require?
(a) Characters.
(b) Information.
(c) Bias.
(d) Stories.

3. Which of the following conclusions did Knight arrive at?
(a) It is possible to teach somebody how to write.
(b) It is not possible to teach somebody how to write.
(c) It is not possible to teach somebody how to write in the correct genre.
(d) It is possible to teach somebody how to read.

4. What is Damon Knight's occupation?
(a) Historian.
(b) Critic.
(c) High school teacher.
(d) Professor.

5. What is the second stage of a developing writer?
(a) Story becomes famous.
(b) Story becomes a plot.
(c) Story becomes insignificant.
(d) Story becomes trivial.

6. Which of the following is Kafka known for?
(a) His stories are very empathetic.
(b) HIs stories do not make sense.
(c) His stories are all about animals.
(d) His stories are only written in German.

7. Which of the following is an example of learning to hear?
(a) Use details.
(b) Watch television.
(c) Have a different perspective.
(d) Have knowledge.

8. What does Knight describe as being the end of conflict?
(a) Resolution.
(b) Epiphany.
(c) Plot.
(d) Impetus.

9. When one sleeps, what can provide an answer to a story?
(a) Conscious.
(b) Unconscious.
(c) Conscience.
(d) Subconscious.

10. What would most help a writer develop their writing?
(a) Self-pity.
(b) Creating many new plots without stories.
(c) Self-criticism.
(d) Seeking professional help.

11. In the writer's mind, what is the hero usually like?
(a) Slow developing.
(b) Perfect.
(c) Flawed intensely.
(d) Angry and hostile.

12. In what field does Knight specialize ?
(a) Literary devices.
(b) Non-fiction writing.
(c) Short story writing.
(d) Characterization.

13. If Knight were able to teach writing effectively, what might it destroy?
(a) Cognitive ability.
(b) Intuition.
(c) Reading.
(d) Creativity.

14. What stage of the developing writer will the writer get out of if he or she develops the main character?
(a) Stage 3.
(b) Stage 4.
(c) Stage 1.
(d) Stage 2.

15. What type of knowledge does Knight believe makes a good writer?
(a) Knowledge in a specific field.
(b) No knowledge, only senses.
(c) General and broad knowledge.
(d) Knowledge in many specific fields.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Knight, what does fiction require to be believable?

2. What does the unconscious mind spawn?

3. After stage four, what does the developing writer become?

4. What does Knight describe as being the force that compels the writer to write a story?

5. With which of the following does Knight claim to struggle ?

(see the answer keys)

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