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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to King, what is the most important tool for a writer?
(a) Good typing skills.
(b) Vocabulary.
(c) Lots of notes.
(d) An excellent computer.

2. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?
(a) Practice writing.
(b) Taking writing courses in different genres.
(c) Going to writers' retreats.
(d) Reading.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King help his uncle fix as a child?

2. What is a common characteristic of adverbs?

3. In addition to comments on paragraphs, King mentions one other feature of the page. What is it?

4. King also suggests limiting speaker attributes. What are speaker attributes?

5. What activity might cause King to work on days he normally doesn't work?

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