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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What book does King recommend for grammar study?
(a) Any good high school grammar text.
(b) Strunk and White's Elements of Style.
(c) Prentice-Hall Handbook of Grammar.
(d) Betty Azar's Understanding and Using English Grammar.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What kind of verbs does King recommend be used when writing?
(a) Verbs in the active voice.
(b) Verbs of vivid action.
(c) Verbs in the passive voice, past tense.
(d) Verbs in the active voice, present tense.

8. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .
(a) Made to be broken.
(b) Convenient conventions.
(c) To be followed.
(d) Necessary for communication.

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

10. What is King's most important injunction to writers?
(a) Writers need to have their own space.
(b) Writers should be honest.
(c) Writers must work every day.
(d) Writers must be original.

11. 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.

12. King also suggests limiting speaker attributes. What are speaker attributes?
(a) This is when a speaker 'attributes' words to another person, i.e. 'Goethe stated...'.
(b) The physical and psychological profile of a speaker.
(c) The use of words such as 'he said' or 'she proclaimed'.
(d) Description of the physical appearance of a speaker.

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

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

15. Why does King take this position on adverbs?
(a) He feels adverbs are a crutch for the writer.
(b) He feels adverbs do the thinking for the reader.
(c) He wants to limit the words in his books.
(d) He believes that by using adverbs, a writer won't stretch his imagination.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does King say about adverbs?

3. According to King, what characteristics should all characters possess?

4. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?

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

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