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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is a common characteristic of adverbs?
(a) Many adverbs end in -ly.
(b) Most adverbs end in -ed.
(c) Frequently adverbs end in -ness.
(d) Oftentimes adverbs end with -ier.

3. What does King's uncle inherit?
(a) The house.
(b) A car.
(c) A silver watch.
(d) A large toolbox.

4. There is another element in the making of a good writer according to King's statements. What is it?
(a) To write a lot.
(b) To have definite writing goals.
(c) To write when the muse strikes.
(d) To write frequently.

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

6. King claims he works on all of the following days except one. Which day does King not work?
(a) His birthday.
(b) New Year's Day.
(c) Easter.
(d) Thanksgiving Day.

7. What book does King recommend for grammar study?
(a) Prentice-Hall Handbook of Grammar.
(b) Any good high school grammar text.
(c) Strunk and White's Elements of Style.
(d) Betty Azar's Understanding and Using English Grammar.

8. Why does King feel that plotting out a novel is not wise?
(a) He likes for his story to develop, and then he tries to mold the plot when necessary.
(b) He feels that the story creates the plot.
(c) He wants his characters to be free to act.
(d) He believes it would be dishonest to the characters.

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

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

11. At what point does King try to add symbolism to his work?
(a) In the second draft.
(b) While editing the novel.
(c) In the first draft.
(d) When it seems to be important to do so.

12. 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 effort to present the mechanics of writing to his readers.
(d) King's analogy on the art of writing.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?

2. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .

3. What are King's feelings on grammar study?

4. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?

5. According to King, what is the best technique to use with description?

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