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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to King, what is the most important tool for a writer?
(a) An excellent computer.
(b) Good typing skills.
(c) Vocabulary.
(d) Lots of notes.

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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 to have outlets other than writing.
(c) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.
(d) Writers should always be prepared.

10. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?
(a) Nothing.
(b) An explanation must be given to the reader.
(c) A new rule must be created.
(d) It must be done properly.

11. Why does King take this position on adverbs?
(a) He feels adverbs are a crutch for the writer.
(b) He wants to limit the words in his books.
(c) He feels adverbs do the thinking for the reader.
(d) He believes that by using adverbs, a writer won't stretch his imagination.

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

13. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?
(a) To read.
(b) To believe in their work.
(c) To practice their writing using his suggestions.
(d) To write every day.

14. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?
(a) Study and preparation through classwork.
(b) A grounding in literature.
(c) Practice in writing.
(d) The most important tools for writing.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to King, what should dialogue represent?

4. According to King, what characteristics should all characters possess?

5. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?

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