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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. In addition to his injunction, King wants writers to leave something behind when they write. What should writers leave behind?
(a) Their desires.
(b) Honesty.
(c) Cleverness.
(d) Fear.

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

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 deadline to meet.
(c) Being sick on days previous to the holiday.
(d) Having a writer's block and not producing his usual amount of words previously.

4. There is another element in the making of a good writer according to King's statements. What is it?
(a) To write a lot.
(b) To have definite writing goals.
(c) To write frequently.
(d) To write when the muse strikes.

5. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?
(a) A novella.
(b) A screenplay.
(c) A novel.
(d) A short story.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many words a day does King try to produce?

2. What is a common characteristic of adverbs?

3. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?

4. How does King use this advice from his uncle?

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

3. How would some of King's other beliefs about writing increase a reader's pleasure? Explain in your own words.

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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?

9. What inference can you make from King's claim in On Writing that a writer should have a specific space in which to work?

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

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