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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?
(a) Writers should always be prepared.
(b) Writers should carefully prepare their tools before beginning to write.
(c) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.
(d) Writers need to have outlets other than writing.

2. How does King use this advice from his uncle?
(a) He always takes all his tools when he has to fix something.
(b) He applies it to his writing.
(c) He buys new tools every time he receives a check for his work.
(d) He falls in love with tools and creates his own toolbox for chores around the house.

3. Which speaker attributes does King find acceptable for the majority of dialogue?
(a) Clever ones that break up the monotony of the 'he said', 'she said' routine.
(b) Whichever ones are necessary to convey the meaning of the scene.
(c) Those which use active verbs.
(d) The basic 'he said', 'she said'.

4. What does King believe is necessary to create strong characters?
(a) They should be multidimensional.
(b) The reader should have no problem identifying the good characters from the bad ones.
(c) They should be clearly defined but interesting.
(d) They should be clearly defined by their actions.

5. According to King, which element of a novel is less important than aspiring writers might believe?
(a) Dialogue.
(b) Theme.
(c) Plot.
(d) Characterization.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?

2. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?

3. What does King believe about writers who are too busy to read?

4. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?

5. What is King's overall opinion on details in writing?

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