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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In terms of writing, to what does economy refer?
(a) Saying the most with the least amount of words.
(b) Saying the least with the most amount of words.
(c) Using ony simple words when appropriate.
(d) Saying the most with accuracy and appropriate diction.

2. Which of the following does background not refer to?
(a) Architecture
(b) Culture.
(c) Dialogue.
(d) Climate.

3. Which of the following does Knight suggest for finding good information about publishing requirements?
(a) Literature and Book Market.
(b) Literary Book Market.
(c) Literary Market Place.
(d) Literature Marketing Center.

4. When referring to dialogue, why is it important to use different words in place of "said"?
(a) To maintain interest.
(b) To maintain clarity.
(c) To maintain fluency.
(d) To maintain consistency.

5. Which of the following means using the simplest words to tell a story?
(a) Consecutiveness.
(b) Complexity.
(c) Clarity.
(d) Economy.

6. Which of the following should a writer not do, according to Knight?
(a) Pay attention to the market.
(b) Write westerns or commercial fiction.
(c) Revise a story many times.
(d) Avoid having an editor.

7. Knight gives an example that sometimes a new writer relies on what part of a character to create interest?
(a) Family.
(b) Personality.
(c) Profession.
(d) Romance.

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

9. Through which viewpoint does the writer avoid entering the mind of any character?
(a) Omniscient.
(b) Detached.
(c) Second person.
(d) Third person limited.

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

11. What question does Knight suggest the writer ask about 'what'?
(a) What is causing tension in the story?
(b) What is the character's motivation?
(c) What is the story about?
(d) What is the significance of the villain?

12. What question does Knight suggest the writer ask about 'why'?
(a) Why are they doing what they're doing?
(b) Why is the plot significant?
(c) Why is the main character important?
(d) Why is the villain significant?

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

14. What type of resolution does Knight suggest a writer needs to create?
(a) Surprising.
(b) Satisfying.
(c) Calm.
(d) Mediocre.

15. According to Knight, which point of view is the most difficult for a writer to cope with?
(a) Detached.
(b) Second.
(c) Third.
(d) First.

Short Answer Questions

1. Knight suggests that the most important element of a story is the ___________.

2. What type of word ending does Knight suggest writers avoid using too many of?

3. Which of the following is a question Knight suggests the writer must ask about 'who'?

4. Which of the following pronouns refers to the narrator when a story is written in the first person point of view?

5. What must a writer resist the impulse to do in creating characters, according to Knight?

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