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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does King feel that plotting out a novel is not wise?
(a) He wants his characters to be free to act.
(b) He believes it would be dishonest to the characters.
(c) He likes for his story to develop, and then he tries to mold the plot when necessary.
(d) He feels that the story creates the plot.

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

5. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?
(a) Any kind of writing.
(b) Reading.
(c) Writing exercises.
(d) Daily journal entries.

6. King claims he works on all of the following days except one. Which day does King not work?
(a) Thanksgiving Day.
(b) Easter.
(c) New Year's Day.
(d) His birthday.

7. In addition to comments on paragraphs, King mentions one other feature of the page. What is it?
(a) How one physical paragraph relates to the others.
(b) How the type looks on the page.
(c) The borders of the page.
(d) The amount of white space on a page.

8. At what point does King try to add symbolism to his work?
(a) In the first draft.
(b) When it seems to be important to do so.
(c) In the second draft.
(d) While editing the novel.

9. With respect to vocabulary, King states that __________ does not matter:
(a) The extent of a writer's vocabulary.
(b) Whether a writer's vocabulary is highly educated or simple.
(c) The cleverness of a writer's vocabulary.
(d) The beauty of a writer's vocabulary.

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

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

12. From whom does King's uncle inherit something?
(a) From his grandfather.
(b) From his mother.
(c) From his brother.
(d) From his father, King's grandfather.

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

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

15. However, King does believe _______ to be essential to a writer's vocabulary.
(a) Beauty.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Cleverness.
(d) Honesty.

Short Answer Questions

1. On certain occasions, King believes that grammar rules _________ .

2. What does King say about adverbs?

3. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?

4. How does King use this advice from his uncle?

5. What does King feel he will accomplish with his technique regarding description?

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