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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is alliteration?
(a) Repetition of vowel sounds.
(b) Repetition of juxtaposing terms.
(c) Repetition of similar meaning words.
(d) Repetition of consonant sounds.

2. Which of the following is a question Knight suggests the writer must ask about 'who'?
(a) Who is telling the story?
(b) Who is the protagonist?
(c) Who is the reader?
(d) Who is the story about?

3. When is the only time that Knight says readers should not avoid writing in dialect?
(a) The writer wants to write with dialect.
(b) The character with dialect is a secondary character.
(c) The writer has intimate knowledge of the speech pattern.
(d) The character with dialect is the main character.

4. What does Knight describe as being irrelevant and confusing for both the reader and writer?
(a) Describing dialogue.
(b) Describing motivation.
(c) Describing directions.
(d) Describing physical locations.

5. If a writer finds too much wrong with a manuscript when reviewing it, what does Knight suggest might have to happen?
(a) The writer sells it as is.
(b) The writer abandons it.
(c) The writer spends days on end reviewing it some more.
(d) The writer seeks professional editing help.

6. If a writer has an idea but the phrasing is escaping him, what next course of action does Knight suggest should be next?
(a) Stop and take a break.
(b) Skip this part entirely.
(c) Continue and come back to this part later.
(d) Consult a thesaurus or rhyming dictionary.

7. Which of the following does Knight specifically say writers should avoid using too many times?
(a) He protested.
(b) He muttered.
(c) He pointed out.
(d) He said.

8. What are the emotions that the author intends to evoke from a reader indirectly?
(a) Voice.
(b) Tone.
(c) Mood.
(d) Repetition.

9. What point in the book is the easiest for a writer to become "stuck"?
(a) Near the end.
(b) Before beginning.
(c) Near the beginning.
(d) After ending.

10. What types of names should characters have?
(a) Strange names.
(b) Believable names.
(c) Ordinary names.
(d) Nicknames in addition to believable names.

11. What genre was once the preeminent genre?
(a) Historical non-fiction.
(b) Romance.
(c) Western.
(d) Literary fiction.

12. According to Knight, the writer must always be aware of ________.
(a) The protagonist.
(b) The antagonist.
(c) The reader.
(d) The critic.

13. Which of the following is not a pleasurable element that Knight describes?
(a) Exciting incidents.
(b) Monotonous dialogue.
(c) Vivid images.
(d) Humor.

14. What must a writer resist the impulse to do in creating characters, according to Knight?
(a) Creating characters without motivation.
(b) Creating settings that are too complicated.
(c) Creating stereotypical characters.
(d) Creating characters that are simply extensions of the author.

15. What does Knight suggest is straightforward and no-nonsense?
(a) Diction.
(b) Style.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Prose.

Short Answer Questions

1. Knight gives an example that sometimes a new writer relies on what part of a character to create interest?

2. What does Knight say about mismatching mood and tone?

3. What is the voice a writer uses to tell parts of a story or differences in characters?

4. If the writer feels the story is becoming boring, what does Knight believe is necessary?

5. A mass of over-description is referred to as which of the following?

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