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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the term that means that any writing not relevant should be eliminated?
(a) Editing.
(b) Consideration.
(c) Compression.
(d) Repression.

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

5. Knight suggests that the most important element of a story is the ___________.
(a) Diction.
(b) Writing style.
(c) Fluency.
(d) Idea.

6. Which of the following does Knight not suggest is significant for the author to include in the beginning of the story?
(a) Who.
(b) When.
(c) Why.
(d) What.

7. If the writer feels the story is becoming boring, what does Knight believe is necessary?
(a) Starting over with the same idea.
(b) Making drastic cuts.
(c) Ending the story early.
(d) Scrapping the story entirely.

8. What must a character be given to create motivation?
(a) The choice between happiness and unhappiness.
(b) The choice between life and death.
(c) The ability to win or lose.
(d) A romantic ultimatum.

9. What is the purpose of reviewing work after it is complete?
(a) Finding bits to change.
(b) Making sure the story is good.
(c) Making sure that the idea shines through.
(d) Finding a way to make the story shorter.

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

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

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

13. What does Knight say about mismatching mood and tone?
(a) It can only work when the mood and tone are still somewhat similar.
(b) Sometimes it can be effective.
(c) It can only work when the mood is comical.
(d) It can never be effective.

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

15. What is the storyteller's voice or attitude?
(a) Voice.
(b) Mood.
(c) Tone.
(d) Style.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Knight suggest as being significant when dealing with an editor?

2. What is the advantage of the omniscient viewpoint?

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

4. Which point of view does Knight believe proves to be most awkward?

5. What are the emotions that the author intends to evoke from a reader indirectly?

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