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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. How does King feel about writers improving their work?
(a) He feels a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be bad.
(b) He believes writers improve their work through experience.
(c) He is sure only good writers can successfully improve their writing.
(d) He believes bad writers can become good writers.
2. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?
(b) Going to writers' retreats.
(c) Taking writing courses in different genres.
(d) Practice writing.
3. What kind of material should a writer read in order to learn the most from his reading?
(a) Bad prose.
(b) In the same genre that he writes.
(d) Action drama.
4. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?
(a) From a book he was reading.
(b) From a TV show.
(c) From his wife.
(d) From a dream.
5. How does King use this advice from his uncle?
(a) He applies it to his writing.
(b) He buys new tools every time he receives a check for his work.
(c) He falls in love with tools and creates his own toolbox for chores around the house.
(d) He always takes all his tools when he has to fix something.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does King use theme in his novels?
2. Why does King's uncle carry the whole toolbox with him?
3. What does King believe about writers who are too busy to read?
4. What book does King recommend for grammar study?
5. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?
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. Why do you think King stresses the importance of writing a lot in On Writing?
3. What evidence can you find to support King's claim that plot is less necessary than many would have the writer believe?
4. 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?
5. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that a writer should 'write what he knows'. What ideas justify this statement?
6. 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?
7. How would you evaluate King's advice to aspiring writers in the chapters, What Writing Is, and Toolbox?
8. What inference can you make from King's claim in On Writing that a writer should have a specific space in which to work?
9. Explain the significance of King's statement that a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be a bad writer according to King in On Writing.
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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