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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(d) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.

3. What activity might cause King to work on days he normally doesn't work?
(a) Being in the middle of a new novel.
(b) Having a writer's block and not producing his usual amount of words previously.
(c) Having a deadline to meet.
(d) Being sick on days previous to the holiday.

4. Why is it important to King that a writer not be distracted while working?
(a) He feels that distractions cause a writer to lose the desire to work.
(b) He thinks writers achieve their best work in solitude.
(c) He believes that distractions make achieving a high number of words impossible.
(d) He suggests that writers need solitude to clarify their thoughts.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?

2. What lesson does the experience with his uncle teach King?

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

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

5. How does King define vocabulary?

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