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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For thousands of years, what was the only acceptable viewpoint?
(a) First.
(b) Second.
(c) Detached.
(d) Third.

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

3. What is the term used to describe the opposite of a satisfying resolution by Knight?
(a) Negative.
(b) Blank.
(c) Fade-out.
(d) Fade-in.

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

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

6. What type of market is subject to cycles and fads?
(a) Commercial fiction.
(b) Western short stories.
(c) Contemporary fiction.
(d) Commercial non-fiction.

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

8. What is consonance?
(a) Repetition of vowel sounds.
(b) Repetition of similar words.
(c) Prose.
(d) Repetition of final consonant sounds.

9. Which of the following is not an example of a tone?
(a) In hiding.
(b) Melancholy.
(c) Serious.
(d) Playful.

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

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

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

13. The setting must be limited to _________.
(a) A city.
(b) Setting is not limited.
(c) A room.
(d) A locale.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Through which viewpoint does the writer avoid entering the mind of any character?

2. If the writer is creating a fictional town or building, how does Knight suggest creating integrity?

3. What does Knight suggest is most important to consult when a writer hits a troublesome spot?

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

5. Which of the following does Knight not suggest is significant for the author to include in the beginning of the story?

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