Wednesday, November 26, 2014

That's Final!

Complete this final exam to pass the Whodunnit U online course. Have fun with it. You already have an “A” in the course just for trying! And since Whodunnit University is a figment of my imagination this exam may be a figment of yours. Who knows?

Questions 1-3 are multiple choice…your choice.

1. What is the nature of the crime to be solved in your imagined story?
            a) robbery
            b) murder
            c) sabotage
            d) other ______________________

2. Where does your story take place?
            a) in an office
            b) at a museum
            c) on a farm
            d) other _______________________

3. When does your story take place?
            a) last century
            b) now/contemporary
            c) in the future
            d) other _______________________

Questions 4- 7 are fill-in-the-blank and short answer questions about your protagonist, the one who will solve this mystery.

4. What is the name of your protagonist? ____________________________________

5. List three positive characteristics about your protagonist.
____________________________     ___________________________   _______________________

6. Name one flaw/weakness for your protagonist.


7. Briefly describe your protagonist.

Questions 8 & 9 are fill-in-the-blank and short answer questions about your victim(s) of the crime.

8. What are the name(s) of your victim(s)?

9. What did your victim have, know, say, or do to make him/her/them a target?

Questions 10 & 11 are about your suspects.

10.  Identify three suspects in the crime committed. Name them here.

_________________________   ________________________________   __________________________

11. For each of your suspects, answer the following questions:
            a. Give one good reason each person is a suspect.
Suspect 1:  ________________________________

Suspect 2: _________________________________

Suspect 3: __________________________________

            b. Name two traits that make each suspect unlikeable.

Suspect 1: ___________________________________   ___________________________________

Suspect 2: ___________________________________   ___________________________________

Suspect 3: ___________________________________  ____________________________________

            c. Name one characteristic for each suspect that makes him/her likeable or interesting.

Suspect 1: ________________________________________

Suspect 2: _________________________________________

Suspect 3: _________________________________________

Your final question is a short essay.

12. Draft your story. No points off for spelling or grammar until you are ready to publish. Merely use this time to get your ideas on paper.

Well, there you have it…a final exam to get you writing your first mystery or suspense story.  And don’t forget to enter your story in the contest. You could win a virtual basket of free books or gift card. See the rules below.

Flash Fiction Contest Details:
·      Write an original mystery/suspense story to be eligible to win.
·      All stories must be 1000-1200 words long. Stories need to be “family friendly” meaning no foul language, graphic details, or erotica.
·      All entrants will be eligible to win a $5 gift card to Target.
·      Stories will be judged by visiting faculty member, Lillian Duncan
·      The winning author will receive a “basket of books”- an ebook collection by Lillian Duncan including, Geese Mate for Life; Serenity Springs, Ohio; Dark Alleys; and Until Death Do Us Part. The winning entry may be selected as a post on Ms. Duncan’s blog, Tiaras and Tennis Shoes. Authors of other stories of merit may be contacted to include on A Novel Creation. All stories posted on blogs are subject to editing.
·      Stories may be submitted anytime during the Whodunit series but no later than December 3, 2014.
·      Submit your entry by emailing it as an attachment to

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