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

2. 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.

3. What lesson does the experience with his uncle teach King?
(a) He learns the importance of having the right tool for the job.
(b) He always remembers the advice and learned to be prepared.
(c) He learns to have the toolbox handy and ready for odd jobs around the house.
(d) He learns to appreciate physical labor.

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

5. According to King, what characteristic should a writer's space have?
(a) A quiet place with a radio and a computer.
(b) A calming venue with only a telephone and a computer.
(c) An office space with files, computer, printer, and a telephone.
(d) A simple place with little or no distractions.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does King's uncle use from the toolbox?

4. How does King suggest writers improve their vocabulary?

5. What does King's uncle inherit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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. In the chapter, On Writing, King says characters should be multi-dimensional. What motive is there for trying to give all characters evil, as well as good, characteristics?

7. In the chapter, On Writing, King says some critics of his work claim that he is a hack. What is a hack and what evidence can you find to support the statement that King is a hack?

8. King believes in writers bringing their 'toolbox' with them when writing. Why is he so impassioned with the concept of a toolbox?

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

10. 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?

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