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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 telephone.
(d) A modern computer with Skype and YouTube accounts.

3. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?
(a) From a TV show.
(b) From a dream.
(c) From his wife.
(d) From a book he was reading.

4. How does King use this advice from his uncle?
(a) He falls in love with tools and creates his own toolbox for chores around the house.
(b) He buys new tools every time he receives a check for his work.
(c) He always takes all his tools when he has to fix something.
(d) He applies it to his writing.

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

6. According to King, what is the best technique to use with description?
(a) Use as little as possible.
(b) Describe people completely, but scenes sparingly.
(c) Try to describe fully without omitting key details.
(d) Describes scenes completely.

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

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

9. What does King's uncle use from the toolbox?
(a) Several tools.
(b) Only a screwdriver.
(c) A hammer and some nails.
(d) A screwdriver and a hammer.

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

11. King claims __________ is the second most important tool in a writer's toolbox.
(a) Grammar.
(b) Theme.
(c) A good plot.
(d) Beauty of expression.

12. How many words a day does King try to produce?
(a) 1500 words.
(b) 5000 words.
(c) 3000 words.
(d) 2000 words.

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

14. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?
(a) To practice their writing using his suggestions.
(b) To read.
(c) To write every day.
(d) To believe in their work.

15. 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 amount of white space on a page.
(d) The borders of the page.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does King feel about figures of speech?

2. In conclusion, what is the chapter, Toolbox, about?

3. What book does King recommend for grammar study?

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

5. What is King's most important injunction to writers?

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