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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How could the object King's uncle inherits be described?
(a) Large and hard to carry around.
(b) Large and open.
(c) Small and light.
(d) Big but light.

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

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

4. What does King believe is necessary to create strong characters?
(a) They should be clearly defined by their actions.
(b) They should be clearly defined but interesting.
(c) The reader should have no problem identifying the good characters from the bad ones.
(d) They should be multidimensional.

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

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

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

8. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?
(a) He urges writers to ignore this advice and write what they think is important and of value.
(b) He believes that writers should follow this advice, but not in a literal way.
(c) He hopes that writers will experiment and not be limited by this statement.
(d) He suggests writers research questions they are interested in and then write about them.

9. 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 believe in their work.
(c) To read.
(d) To write every day.

10. What does King say about adverbs?
(a) To use them to intensify meaning.
(b) To use colorful adverbs to make the writing more vivid.
(c) To include them when characters are being emotional.
(d) To limit their use.

11. 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) The borders of the page.
(c) How the type looks on the page.
(d) The amount of white space on a page.

12. In addition to his injunction, King wants writers to leave something behind when they write. What should writers leave behind?
(a) Cleverness.
(b) Fear.
(c) Honesty.
(d) Their desires.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does King suggest writers improve their vocabulary?

2. However, King does believe _______ to be essential to a writer's vocabulary.

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

4. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?

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

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