Week 2 Pop Quiz

KLSS 2015 BadgeNow that Week 2 is over, it’s time to review what you learned and take a Pop Quiz. We know you’re all going to ace it and make your teachers proud! So go ahead, take this quiz to see if you learned the basics during the second week of Kidlit Summer School.


On Monday, John Claude Bemis reminded us that…

  1. Your story should have both an internal plotline and an external plotline.
  2. Your external plotline should be resolved by actions and choices your protagonist makes.
  3. Your internal plotline should follow an emotional transformation your protagonist makes.
  4. All of the above

On Tuesday, Leeza Hernandez suggested…

  1. Keeping your plotting on track from picture books to chapter books using at-a-glance diagrams.
  2. Working with a 32-page storyboard first and listing keywords to map out where certain plot points need to happen.
  3. Using a spidergram as a visual breakdown and guide for your plotline to help you see where you’re going as you write … One. Step. At. A. Time.
  4. All of the above

On Wednesday, Yvonne Ventresca encouraged us to…

  1. Get your main character up a tree, and then throw rocks at them.
  2. Choose situations to put your character in that escalate in terms of importance, but that also relate to your theme.
  3. Create a table with columns and rows as an easy visual that enables you to focus on certain elements of the story.
  4. All of the above

On Thursday, in balancing the fear factor, Tracey Baptiste reminded us that…

  1. Plotting a horror novel for kids means tying all of the action pieces to an emotional reaction.
  2. Horror elements need to be cut with other things: humor, frustration, longing, success.
  3. Horror novels should not end on an emotional fear factor of zero. There should be something left over, that keeps the readers on their toes.
  4. All of the above.

On Friday, Robin Newman’s trail of crumbs revealed that…

  1. As a mystery writer, your goal is to guide your junior investigators onto a path that will help them crack the case.
  2. When that big moment is about to happen, you want to slow down the text. Don’t give the big moment away too quickly.
  3. Leaving something extra, like a twist at the end or touch of humor, will spice up the last scene in the book.
  4. All of the above

On Saturday, Lisa Lewis Tyre’s road trip reminded us that…

  1. If your protagonist doesn’t have something at stake, it’s not a story
  2. If you know your characters well, they can lead you to plot turns instead of you leading them.
  3. A variety of plotting methods can help you move forward and enjoy the process.
  4. All of the above

On Sunday, Courtney Pippin-Mathur encouraged us to…

  1. Think of all the ideas you can at first. (even the mundane)
  2. Separate them into components: Character, Setting, Conflict, Theme, Resolution
  3. List all of the outrageous ways you can change each of those to make the story more interesting including trying to flip an element or two of your story.
  4. All of the above

Yay, you got an A right? 100% correct? If you’re unsure, go back and check out the posts from Week Two. This is an open blog test. (And you don’t even have to turn it in. Grade yourself and then pat yourself on the back!)


35 comments on “Week 2 Pop Quiz

  1. megcason1 says:

    I look forward to these!!


  2. I love it when a pop quiz is a fun learning tool instead of a stress-inducing trial 🙂


  3. Trine says:

    Hey, I am doing pretty well. I have been stretched and challenged this week.


  4. kathalsey says:

    Love these “weekend wrap-ups,” err, I mean quizzes.


  5. Valerie Larson-Howard says:

    I love these quizzes.


  6. DebbieL says:

    Good idea to have the quizzes.


  7. Deb Cuneo says:

    Pop Quiz, check! Onward…


  8. Maria Marshall says:

    So much fun. Really enjoy the quizzes.


  9. debra daugherty says:

    These quizzes are fun. Aced it!


  10. Keeping us on our toes makes us come back for more!! Onward to week three!!


  11. Zainab says:

    These quizzes are great!


  12. ManjuBeth says:

    Thanks for the weekly wrap up!


  13. Lynne Marie says:

    It’s so easy to score with such good teachers and wonderful lessons! Thanks all!


  14. Sue Frye says:

    Love the quizzes!!!


  15. What a wonderful week! Thanks for everything!


  16. l8k8 says:

    Thanks for a great week!


  17. Cindy Fullmer says:

    Keep up the good work everyone!


  18. Love the summaries (quizzes). Great way to review the week’s lessons at a glance.


  19. Amy Benoit says:

    Great way to end the week! Sailing through. xo


  20. donnacangelosi says:

    I love the way Nerdy Chick pop quizzes summarize the week’s lessons! Thank you for another great week, everyone!


  21. Annie Cronin Romano says:

    Great summary “quiz!”


  22. carolofparis says:

    Quizes Rock! thank you!


  23. What a great informative week!


  24. Laurie Young says:

    These reminders are so handy!


  25. Another fabulous week of very timely posts for my revision process.


  26. Juliana Lee says:

    I had a very busy weekend out of town. I love that I can come back and make up missing work on my own time!


  27. I wish all the pop quizzes I had had in school (grade school, high school, etc.) had been this easy!!


  28. Yippy! Another pop quiz. I love how the questions give us a quick reminder of the wealth we have learned. I love summer school!


  29. topangamaria says:



  30. Another good week, brimming with helpful ideas. Thanks, all!


  31. Very helpful to review every week! And I’m looking forward to this week!


  32. The only kind of pop quiz I look forward to is quizzes created by Sudipta & Kami.
    ~Suzy Leopold


  33. With my memory, I’m glad it was an open blog test 😉


  34. ptnozell says:

    Open blog tests rule!


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