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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does King feel about writers improving their work?
(a) He feels a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be bad.
(b) He believes bad writers can become good writers.
(c) He is sure only good writers can successfully improve their writing.
(d) He believes writers improve their work through experience.

2. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?
(a) A grounding in literature.
(b) The most important tools for writing.
(c) Study and preparation through classwork.
(d) Practice in writing.

3. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?
(a) Yes. They are excellent rules.
(b) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(c) Yes, but the writer should remember and use the exceptions, too.
(d) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.

4. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?
(a) Taking writing courses in different genres.
(b) Reading.
(c) Going to writers' retreats.
(d) Practice writing.

5. When does King hold himself to the minimum number of words per day?
(a) While writing the first draft of all his novels.
(b) While he is revising his work.
(c) During a period of writer's block.
(d) When working under a deadline.

6. How does King paint the main character from The Dead Zone?
(a) He is too perfect.
(b) He is evil but loving.
(c) He has his flaws and is thoroughly evil.
(d) As a nice, normal boy who is flawed.

7. King's comparison of a handyman's toolbox with a writer's tool box is which figure of speech?
(a) Irony.
(b) Epigram.
(c) Metaphor.
(d) Simile.

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

9. Another belief of King is that writers have a special need. What is this need?
(a) A modern computer with Skype and YouTube accounts.
(b) An office equipped with a computer and internet access.
(c) A telephone.
(d) A specific space in which to write.

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

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

12. King gives the example of John Grisham as a writer. What does he say about Grisham?
(a) Grisham became an excellent writer after researching courtroom drama.
(b) Grisham ignores the adage write what you know.
(c) Grisham is a lawyer who wrote about his profession, though the situations in his novels were not realistic.
(d) Grisham is a highly skilled writer who wrote about realistic legal situations.

13. What lesson does the experience with his uncle teach King?
(a) He always remembers the advice and learned to be prepared.
(b) He learns to have the toolbox handy and ready for odd jobs around the house.
(c) He learns the importance of having the right tool for the job.
(d) He learns to appreciate physical labor.

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

15. According to King, what should dialogue represent?
(a) Conversation between characters.
(b) Speech written as we hear it, i.e. Whatcha ya doin'?
(c) Dialogue should stress the best conversational ability of the characters.
(d) Normal speech.

Short Answer Questions

1. What book does King recommend for grammar study?

2. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?

3. From whom does King's uncle inherit something?

4. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?

5. Why does King's uncle carry the whole toolbox with him?

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