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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which speaker attributes does King find acceptable for the majority of dialogue?
(a) The basic 'he said', 'she said'.
(b) Whichever ones are necessary to convey the meaning of the scene.
(c) Those which use active verbs.
(d) Clever ones that break up the monotony of the 'he said', 'she said' routine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?
(a) A writer of trivial matter.
(b) An excellent writer.
(c) A literary drudge.
(d) A writer with no talent.

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

12. 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.

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

14. Why does King's uncle carry the whole toolbox with him?
(a) Because he can't go back home between jobs.
(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 it is a habit.

15. If used correctly, King believes that dialogue could be what object for a writer?
(a) The least important tool in the writer's toolbox.
(b) A helpful tool like a monologue.
(c) A clever device used by the writer when necessary.
(d) A strong tool in the writer's toolbox.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what point does King try to add symbolism to his work?

2. With respect to vocabulary, King states that __________ does not matter:

3. What does King say about adverbs?

4. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?

5. What kind of material should a writer read in order to learn the most from his reading?

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