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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does King's uncle carry the whole toolbox with him?
(a) Because it is a habit.
(b) Because he says a person could never be sure what tools he would need.
(c) Because lifting it gives him a workout.
(d) Because he can't go back home between jobs.

4. In conclusion, what is the chapter, Toolbox, about?
(a) King's feelings about the writing world.
(b) King's beliefs about how to become an excellent writer.
(c) King's analogy on the art of writing.
(d) King's effort to present the mechanics of writing to his readers.

5. There is another element in the making of a good writer according to King's statements. What is it?
(a) To have definite writing goals.
(b) To write when the muse strikes.
(c) To write a lot.
(d) To write frequently.

6. How could the object King's uncle inherits be described?
(a) Large and open.
(b) Small and light.
(c) Large and hard to carry around.
(d) Big but light.

7. What does King's uncle use from the toolbox?
(a) Only a screwdriver.
(b) A screwdriver and a hammer.
(c) Several tools.
(d) A hammer and some nails.

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

9. What activity might cause King to work on days he normally doesn't work?
(a) Being sick on days previous to the holiday.
(b) Being in the middle of a new novel.
(c) Having a deadline to meet.
(d) Having a writer's block and not producing his usual amount of words previously.

10. What are King's feelings on grammar study?
(a) Grammar should be learned intuitively.
(b) Grammar should be studied only through high school.
(c) Lengthy grammar study is unnecessary.
(d) Grammar should be studied at length.

11. How does King suggest writers improve their vocabulary?
(a) By carrying vocabulary/definition cards with them at all times and practicing.
(b) He doesn't believe they should strive to do so.
(c) By learning two or three new words per day.
(d) By reading extensively.

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

13. 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) The basic 'he said', 'she said'.
(c) Whichever ones are necessary to convey the meaning of the scene.
(d) Those which use active verbs.

14. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?
(a) To believe in their work.
(b) To read.
(c) To write every day.
(d) To practice their writing using his suggestions.

15. According to King, what is the most important tool for a writer?
(a) Lots of notes.
(b) Good typing skills.
(c) Vocabulary.
(d) An excellent computer.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does King believe is necessary to create strong characters?

3. Why does King emphasize the importance of reading?

4. What equipment does a writer need according to King?

5. What does King say about adverbs?

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