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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?
(a) Yes, but the writer should remember and use the exceptions, too.
(b) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(c) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.
(d) Yes. They are excellent rules.
2. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?
(a) Writers should carefully prepare their tools before beginning to write.
(b) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.
(c) Writers should always be prepared.
(d) Writers need to have outlets other than writing.
3. According to King, which element of a novel is less important than aspiring writers might believe?
4. 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.
5. However, King does believe _______ to be essential to a writer's vocabulary.
6. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?
(b) Writing exercises.
(c) Any kind of writing.
(d) Daily journal entries.
7. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?
(a) Dialogue, theme, and description.
(b) Narration, dialogue, and characterization.
(c) Narration, dialogue, and description.
(d) Characterization, dialogue and theme.
8. What equipment does a writer need according to King?
(a) A desk and a chair with a typewriter.
(b) A telephone, a computer, and some music.
(c) A telephone, a desk, and a computer.
(d) A computer, or a pad of paper, and perhaps some music.
9. If used correctly, King believes that dialogue could be what object for a writer?
(a) The least important tool in the writer's toolbox.
(b) A strong tool in the writer's toolbox.
(c) A clever device used by the writer when necessary.
(d) A helpful tool like a monologue.
10. 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 specific space in which to write.
(c) A modern computer with Skype and YouTube accounts.
(d) A telephone.
11. What is unusual about the character Annie Wilkes?
(a) She is a psychopath with redeeming qualities.
(b) She is a good person doing evil deeds.
(c) Her prisoner finds her sympathetic.
(d) She maintains her good qualities while committing her sins.
12. King's comparison of a handyman's toolbox with a writer's tool box is which figure of speech?
13. 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 screenplay.
(d) A novella.
14. What advice does King give on paragraphs?
(a) King wants writers to see their paragraphs as a graphic picture on a page.
(b) To pay attention to the length and number of paragraphs.
(c) King believes paragraphs should not vary in length.
(d) King feels paragraphs should have a standard length of 8 to 10 lines.
15. What activity might cause King to work on days he normally doesn't work?
(a) Having a deadline to meet.
(b) Having a writer's block and not producing his usual amount of words previously.
(c) Being sick on days previous to the holiday.
(d) Being in the middle of a new novel.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does King define vocabulary?
2. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?
3. According to King, what characteristic should a writer's space have?
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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