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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. On certain occasions, King believes that grammar rules _________ .
(a) May be played with.
(b) Can be ignored.
(c) Can be explained casually to the reader.
(d) Should be discussed between characters.

3. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?
(a) He believes that writers should follow this advice, but not in a literal way.
(b) He urges writers to ignore this advice and write what they think is important and of value.
(c) He hopes that writers will experiment and not be limited by this statement.
(d) He suggests writers research questions they are interested in and then write about them.

4. From whom does King's uncle inherit something?
(a) From his father, King's grandfather.
(b) From his brother.
(c) From his grandfather.
(d) From his mother.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. King also suggests limiting speaker attributes. What are speaker attributes?

2. King claims he works on all of the following days except one. Which day does King not work?

3. How does King suggest writers improve their vocabulary?

4. What does King help his uncle fix as a child?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does King believe that adverbs, especially those ending in -ly are unnecessary?

2. Why do you think King stresses the importance of writing a lot in On Writing?

3. In the chapter, On Writing, King states every writer should have an agent. Why does he believe this to be important?

4. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that writer's retreats and creative writing classes are unnecessary. Why did King consider these opportunities a waste of time?

5. How would you evaluate King's advice to aspiring writers in the chapters, What Writing Is, and Toolbox?

6. In the chapter, On Writing, King says a writer can improve his work by reading. How does the advice given by King 'to read' improve a writer's work?

7. In the chapter, On Writing, King discusses symbolism and theme as elements best ignored in first drafts. What is the relationship between symbolism and theme in King's work?

8. What evidence can you find to support King's claim that plot is less necessary than many would have the writer believe?

9. In the chapter, On Writing, King explains that description should be the smallest amount possible. How would you evaluate King's beliefs on writing description?

10. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that a writer should 'write what he knows'. What ideas justify this statement?

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