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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 order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?
(a) A new rule must be created.
(b) An explanation must be given to the reader.
(c) Nothing.
(d) It must be done properly.

2. King claims he works on all of the following days except one. Which day does King not work?
(a) New Year's Day.
(b) Thanksgiving Day.
(c) His birthday.
(d) Easter.

3. What does King believe is necessary to create strong characters?
(a) They should be clearly defined but interesting.
(b) They should be clearly defined by their actions.
(c) The reader should have no problem identifying the good characters from the bad ones.
(d) They should be multidimensional.

4. In the chapter, Toolbox, what advice does King give the reader?
(a) Writers need their own toolbox to be successful.
(b) Writers should always be prepared.
(c) Writers need to have outlets other than writing.
(d) Writers should carefully prepare their tools before beginning to write.

5. What is King's first piece of advice to those reading the chapter, On Writing?
(a) To practice their writing using his suggestions.
(b) To read.
(c) To believe in their work.
(d) To write every day.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it important to King that a writer not be distracted while working?

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

3. According to King, which element of a novel is less important than aspiring writers might believe?

4. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?

5. When does King hold himself to the minimum number of words per day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

5. 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.

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

7. What is the second most important tool according to King?

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. 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?

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

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