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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does King believe about writers who are too busy to read?
(a) They are too busy to write.
(b) They are hobbyists, not passionate writers.
(c) They will be a successful writer.
(d) They will lose a good source of ideas.

2. What action does King believe a writer should take with respect to grammar?
(a) To ask teachers about things which confuse the writer.
(b) To thoroughly read a well-known grammar text.
(c) To ignore grammar and let editors correct any obvious mistakes.
(d) To research the writer's specific doubts on the Internet.

3. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?
(a) A new rule must be created.
(b) It must be done properly.
(c) Nothing.
(d) An explanation must be given to the reader.

4. What advice does King give on paragraphs?
(a) King wants writers to see their paragraphs as a graphic picture on a page.
(b) King feels paragraphs should have a standard length of 8 to 10 lines.
(c) To pay attention to the length and number of paragraphs.
(d) King believes paragraphs should not vary in length.

5. Why does King emphasize the importance of reading?
(a) He feels that writers need to widen their horizons.
(b) He wants writers to appreciate different styles of writing.
(c) He thinks that writers need to see what other writers are writing about.
(d) He believes a writer learns his craft from reading.

6. What does King's uncle inherit?
(a) A car.
(b) The house.
(c) A silver watch.
(d) A large toolbox.

7. On certain occasions, King believes that grammar rules _________ .
(a) Can be explained casually to the reader.
(b) Can be ignored.
(c) May be played with.
(d) Should be discussed between characters.

8. How does King define vocabulary?
(a) An essential tool for good writing.
(b) Good words and knowledge of how to use them.
(c) The sum of the words you know.
(d) A knowledge of words used by different people that you are going to write about.

9. In addition to his injunction, King wants writers to leave something behind when they write. What should writers leave behind?
(a) Honesty.
(b) Their desires.
(c) Fear.
(d) Cleverness.

10. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?
(a) From a TV show.
(b) From a book he was reading.
(c) From his wife.
(d) From a dream.

11. What does King's uncle take with him when he works?
(a) His entire toolbox.
(b) Usually his screwdriver, a hammer, a few nails and screws.
(c) Only a couple of his favorite tools.
(d) The specific tools needed for the job.

12. King claims __________ is the second most important tool in a writer's toolbox.
(a) Theme.
(b) Grammar.
(c) A good plot.
(d) Beauty of expression.

13. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?
(a) Narration, dialogue, and characterization.
(b) Characterization, dialogue and theme.
(c) Dialogue, theme, and description.
(d) Narration, dialogue, and description.

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

15. From King's statements, what element should be used to illustrate a character?
(a) Their thoughts.
(b) Their mannerisms.
(c) Their speech.
(d) Their typical, everyday dress.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it important to King that a writer not be distracted while working?

2. How does King feel about writers improving their work?

3. In addition to comments on paragraphs, King mentions one other feature of the page. What is it?

4. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?

5. King's comparison of a handyman's toolbox with a writer's tool box is which figure of speech?

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