Week 1 Pop Quiz

badge50Now that Week 1 is over, it is time to review what you learned and take a Pop Quiz!

While you’re reviewing, reward yourself with some Summer School Swag. In case you didn’t know, you can now get Kidlit Summer School swag from the PiBoIDMo Cafe Press shop! Neither we nor Tara profits from any of these sales, and in fact, $3.00 of every purchase goes to Reading is Fundamental. These funds will be used to purchase books for kids who need them. Thanks to Tara Lazar for making the PiBoIdMo shop available to us and thanks again to Zach OHora for creating the fabulous Kidlit Summer School logo!

Pop Quiz! Take this quiz to see if you learned the basics during the first week of Kidlit Summer School!


  1. In her post Walking Around in Your Character’s Shoes, Kathryn Erskine advises writers to think about:

a) the kind of shoes your character wears

b) how your character walks

c) where your character has walked before

d) how your character acts

e)All of the above


  1. In her post Do Looks Matter? Aimee Friedman asks authors to consider:

a) using physical descriptions to illuminate something deeper about character

b) not going overboard when adding physical descriptions

c) thinking about specific colors when painting a picture of your character with words

d) using the comparison technique to introduce physical traits

e) All of the above


  1. In her post Hug the Mean and Nasty, Kami Kinard indicates an author should think about these things when creating Villains (and antagonists):

a) giving them admirable qualities

b) showing their humanity through the eyes of a pet

c) helping the reader understand what motivates them

d) evoking sympathy for them

e) All of the above


  1. In her post, Let the Main Character Drive the Bus, Rebecca Petruck suggests that:

a) plot is what lays bare your MC

b) plot is the cattle prod that forces the MC to make decisions that reveal strengths and weaknesses

c) authors should look for actions their MC will resist

d) writers check out Save the Cat

e) All of the above


  1. In her post Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, You are Your Characters After All, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen suggests we:

a) look to ourselves to find qualities for our characters

b) look to our families to find inspiration for great characters

c) the best stories feature a main character who is a reflection of the reader

d) look past the surface appearance to see who your character is deep down inside

e) All of the above


  1. In her post, Dear Writer: A Letter Writing Exercise, W. H. Beck points out that:

a) It can be helpful to write letters from the point of view of our characters

b) letters give our characters voice

c) letters help us understand our characters’ motivations

d) Cecil Castellucci’s interview is helpful to characterization

e) All of the above

104 comments on “Week 1 Pop Quiz

  1. As pop quizzes go, this one was pretty EEEEEEEasy. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I have my eyes on the Nerdy Chicks Rule Summer School Mug 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bevbaird says:

    Easy quiz – and does a good summary of the week’s learning! Awesome first week indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Janie Reinart says:

    Eeeeeeeeureka! Great summary! Great weeek!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Great review..looking forward to next week!

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  6. I never liked pop quizzes when I was in school, but this one was easy. Thanks for the weekly summary. I look forward to more great lessons in the weeks to come!

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  7. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    E for Easy answers and E for Excellent Exercises to practice all these techn(EEE)ques!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Lauren says:

    Aced it! And I love those tote bags! I might have to reward myself for doing so well on that quiz 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jocelyn Rish says:

    Love the excellent summary disguised as a pop quiz. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Great review! Looking forward to next week!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I’m OCD, how do we get the answers. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Ha ha Kristen Larson. 🙂

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  13. Thanks for the review. It was a great first week!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. tinamcho says:

    Great review! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Juliana Lee says:

    I kinda expected the answers to be printed upside down at the end of the test. Hahahah

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Nat Keller says:

    Great first week everyone! This has already helped fill out the plot of one of my stories–

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Keila Dawson says:

    Nice week 1 review, bring on week 2!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. hmmmmm says:

    Sudipta: do you ever sleep?

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  19. Carrie Brown says:

    Thanks for the nice summary!

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  20. Thanks for the helpful reminder of the tips.

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  21. Laurie L Young says:

    I got this one—e) !!!

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  22. Hey. Is this a trick? Three glasses of wine today, and I still got ’em all right.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. sharon giltrow says:

    all of the above great summary of main points of each contribution 🙂

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  24. Phew! I’m so glad I passed the pop quiz! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Pauline Tso says:

    @Tracy Campbell – how do you know you passed? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  26. lisakwillard says:

    Thank you for a great week!


  27. Kim Mounsey says:

    Love it!! Looking forward to week 2!


  28. JaNay BW says:

    Thanks for the quiz! Always fun to review!


  29. Rajani LaRocca says:

    Thanks! Great review, not too challenging!


  30. Beth Gallagher says:

    Love the quiz; it was great to review! I’m truly loving summer school and never thought I would ever say that! 😉 Looking forward to week 2!


  31. What all the cleeeeeever, eeeeeager repliers (Kathy C. Hall, Janie Reinhart & Co. u know who u are) said. Plus, my favorite extras are knowing you luv RIF, Reading is Fundamental, too. And the best x-tras = learning about the work & backstory of the talented Blake Snyder (SAVE THE CAT!) & reading Cecil Castalucci’s sidebar. Many sleep EEEEEEs to the organizers. At some point?


  32. pathaap says:

    Nice summary! Looking forward to week 2!


  33. Andrea Brame says:

    If this was a standardizEd tEst I would start fEEling unEasy that all my answErs wErE the samE. 😉

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  34. I liked the way this helped me review! Thanks again.


  35. Yunita says:

    The answers of all those questions are E, E, E, E, E, E.
    Thanks for the quiz, it forced me to reread again those articles and got more understanding of the topics. I am looking forward to put them into practice! 😉


  36. Lauri Meyers says:

    Well-played, Nerdy Chicks. Great review!


  37. Easiest quiz I ever took!


  38. Resham Premchand says:

    Great review! Thank you!


  39. So much learning taking place. I believe I mastered the skills and concepts taught during the first week of Kid Lit SS. I earned a gold star! Thank you Nerdy Chicks for the first week of lessons. ~Suzy Leopold


  40. Linda says:

    Who knew pop quizzes could be so much fun!


  41. Laurie says:

    Thanks so much for making Summer School fun!


  42. Debbie says:

    I did not see this post earlier. I thought the previous post was for the 27th. Guess I’ll have to keep better watch! Now to take the quiz.


  43. kpbock says:

    I love pop quizzes!


  44. Rita says:

    I agree with “all of the above.”


  45. Excellent week one review! Such nice teachers, too! 😉


  46. Val M says:

    How fun to review the great posts with the challenge of getting the right answer


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