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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 to have outlets other than writing.
(d) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.

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

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

7. How does King feel about writers improving their work?
(a) He is sure only good writers can successfully improve their writing.
(b) He believes bad writers can become good writers.
(c) He feels a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be bad.
(d) He believes writers improve their work through experience.

8. What does King's uncle take with him when he works?
(a) His entire toolbox.
(b) Only a couple of his favorite tools.
(c) The specific tools needed for the job.
(d) Usually his screwdriver, a hammer, a few nails and screws.

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

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

11. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?
(a) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.
(b) Yes. They are excellent rules.
(c) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(d) Yes, but the writer should remember and use the exceptions, too.

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

13. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?
(a) A literary drudge.
(b) A writer of trivial matter.
(c) A writer with no talent.
(d) An excellent writer.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?

3. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .

4. What lesson does the experience with his uncle teach King?

5. What action does King believe a writer should take with respect to grammar?

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