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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What equipment does a writer need according to King?
(a) A telephone, a desk, and a computer.
(b) A desk and a chair with a typewriter.
(c) A computer, or a pad of paper, and perhaps some music.
(d) A telephone, a computer, and some music.

2. What does King feel he will accomplish with his technique regarding description?
(a) He is leaving some things to the reader's imagination.
(b) He urges the writer to work more on his dialogues.
(c) He doesn not want the reader to become an active participant in the creative process.
(d) He believes that a reader is unimpressed by description.

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

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

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

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

7. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?
(a) Narration, dialogue, and characterization.
(b) Dialogue, theme, and description.
(c) Characterization, dialogue and theme.
(d) Narration, dialogue, and description.

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

9. What is unusual about the character Annie Wilkes?
(a) She is a psychopath with redeeming qualities.
(b) She maintains her good qualities while committing her sins.
(c) She is a good person doing evil deeds.
(d) Her prisoner finds her sympathetic.

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

11. How does King use theme in his novels?
(a) To create a moral in his work.
(b) To guide the plot along.
(c) To illustrate otherwise obscure points.
(d) To help him stay on course.

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

13. 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, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(d) Yes. They are excellent rules.

14. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?
(a) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.
(b) Writers should carefully prepare their tools before beginning to write.
(c) Writers should always be prepared.
(d) Writers need to have outlets other than writing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?

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

3. According to King, what is the most important tool for a writer?

4. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?

5. How does King feel about figures of speech?

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