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

2. What kind of verbs does King recommend be used when writing?
(a) Verbs in the active voice.
(b) Verbs of vivid action.
(c) Verbs in the active voice, present tense.
(d) Verbs in the passive voice, past tense.

3. What are King's feelings on grammar study?
(a) Grammar should be studied at length.
(b) Grammar should be learned intuitively.
(c) Lengthy grammar study is unnecessary.
(d) Grammar should be studied only through high school.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?

2. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?

3. In conclusion, what is the chapter, Toolbox, about?

4. What advice does King give on paragraphs?

5. Why does King take this position on adverbs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Both with vocabulary and 'above all else' King emphasizes honesty. Explain 'honesty' according to King and in your own words.

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. What is King trying to tell the aspiring writer about finding his voice?

7. What are some of the most important aspects of grammar that an aspiring writer should observe according to King?

8. King stated aspiring writers should not use speaker attributes other than said. What are speaker attributes and why would King warn against using them?

9. King also said 'to not write in fear'. What do you think he means by this statement? Explain in your own words.

10. 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?

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