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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 hopes that writers will experiment and not be limited by this statement.
(c) He suggests writers research questions they are interested in and then write about them.
(d) He believes that writers should follow this advice, but not in a literal way.

2. What kind of material should a writer read in order to learn the most from his reading?
(a) In the same genre that he writes.
(b) Action drama.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Bad prose.

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

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

5. 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 clever device used by the writer when necessary.
(c) A strong tool in the writer's toolbox.
(d) A helpful tool like a monologue.

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

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

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

9. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?
(a) Going to writers' retreats.
(b) Practice writing.
(c) Taking writing courses in different genres.
(d) Reading.

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

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

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

13. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?
(a) Any kind of writing.
(b) Daily journal entries.
(c) Reading.
(d) Writing exercises.

14. What does King believe about writers who are too busy to read?
(a) They are too busy to write.
(b) They are hobbyists, not passionate writers.
(c) They will be a successful writer.
(d) They will lose a good source of ideas.

15. 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 need to have outlets other than writing.
(d) Writers should always be prepared.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does King take this position on adverbs?

3. What is unusual about the character Annie Wilkes?

4. In addition to comments on paragraphs, King mentions one other feature of the page. What is it?

5. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?

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