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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 modern computer with Skype and YouTube accounts.
(c) A telephone.
(d) A specific space in which to write.

2. According to King, what characteristic should a writer's space have?
(a) A simple place with little or no distractions.
(b) An office space with files, computer, printer, and a telephone.
(c) A quiet place with a radio and a computer.
(d) A calming venue with only a telephone and a computer.

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

4. What action does King believe a writer should take with respect to grammar?
(a) To ignore grammar and let editors correct any obvious mistakes.
(b) To research the writer's specific doubts on the Internet.
(c) To thoroughly read a well-known grammar text.
(d) To ask teachers about things which confuse the writer.

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

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

7. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?
(a) A short story.
(b) A novel.
(c) A novella.
(d) A screenplay.

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

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

10. Why is it important to King that a writer not be distracted while working?
(a) He thinks writers achieve their best work in solitude.
(b) He feels that distractions cause a writer to lose the desire to work.
(c) He suggests that writers need solitude to clarify their thoughts.
(d) He believes that distractions make achieving a high number of words impossible.

11. How does King paint the main character from The Dead Zone?
(a) He is evil but loving.
(b) He is too perfect.
(c) As a nice, normal boy who is flawed.
(d) He has his flaws and is thoroughly evil.

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

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

14. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?
(a) It must be done properly.
(b) An explanation must be given to the reader.
(c) Nothing.
(d) A new rule must be created.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. King claims he works on all of the following days except one. Which day does King not work?

2. There is another element in the making of a good writer according to King's statements. What is it?

3. King claims __________ is the second most important tool in a 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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