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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .
(a) Made to be broken.
(b) Necessary for communication.
(c) Convenient conventions.
(d) To be followed.

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

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

4. How does King suggest writers improve their vocabulary?
(a) By reading extensively.
(b) By carrying vocabulary/definition cards with them at all times and practicing.
(c) By learning two or three new words per day.
(d) He doesn't believe they should strive to do so.

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

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

7. 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 suggests that writers need solitude to clarify their thoughts.
(c) He feels that distractions cause a writer to lose the desire to work.
(d) He thinks writers achieve their best work in solitude.

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

9. How does King use this advice from his uncle?
(a) He falls in love with tools and creates his own toolbox for chores around the house.
(b) He always takes all his tools when he has to fix something.
(c) He applies it to his writing.
(d) He buys new tools every time he receives a check for his work.

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

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

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

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

14. How does King paint the main character from The Dead Zone?
(a) He is too perfect.
(b) He has his flaws and is thoroughly evil.
(c) He is evil but loving.
(d) As a nice, normal boy who is flawed.

15. What equipment does a writer need according to King?
(a) A desk and a chair with a typewriter.
(b) A telephone, a desk, and a computer.
(c) A computer, or a pad of paper, and perhaps some music.
(d) A telephone, a computer, and some music.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King's uncle inherit?

2. What does King feel he will accomplish with his technique regarding description?

3. How does King feel about figures of speech?

4. King gives the example of John Grisham as a writer. What does he say about Grisham?

5. In addition to his injunction, King wants writers to leave something behind when they write. What should writers leave behind?

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