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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. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?
(a) Yes. They are excellent rules.
(b) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.
(c) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(d) Yes, but the writer should remember and use the exceptions, too.
2. What is King's most important injunction to writers?
(a) Writers must work every day.
(b) Writers should be honest.
(c) Writers need to have their own space.
(d) Writers must be original.
3. Another belief of King is that writers have a special need. What is this need?
(a) A modern computer with Skype and YouTube accounts.
(b) An office equipped with a computer and internet access.
(c) A telephone.
(d) A specific space in which to write.
4. What does King's uncle take with him when he works?
(a) His entire toolbox.
(b) Usually his screwdriver, a hammer, a few nails and screws.
(c) Only a couple of his favorite tools.
(d) The specific tools needed for the job.
5. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?
(a) A literary drudge.
(b) A writer of trivial matter.
(c) A writer with no talent.
(d) An excellent writer.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to King, what should dialogue represent?
2. In addition to comments on paragraphs, King mentions one other feature of the page. What is it?
3. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?
4. With respect to vocabulary, King states that __________ does not matter:
5. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?
Short Essay Questions
1. King stated aspiring writers should not use speaker attributes other than said. What are speaker attributes and why would King warn against using them?
2. 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.
3. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. How would some of King's other beliefs about writing increase a reader's pleasure? Explain in your own words.
7. In the chapter, On Writing, King states every writer should have an agent. Why does he believe this to be important?
8. King also said 'to not write in fear'. What do you think he means by this statement? Explain in your own words.
9. Both with vocabulary and 'above all else' King emphasizes honesty. Explain 'honesty' according to King and in your own words.
10. 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?
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