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

2. Where does King get the idea for the novel Misery?
(a) From a dream.
(b) From a TV show.
(c) From a book he was reading.
(d) From his wife.

3. How does King feel about writers improving their work?
(a) He is sure only good writers can successfully improve their writing.
(b) He believes bad writers can become good writers.
(c) He believes writers improve their work through experience.
(d) He feels a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be bad.

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

5. King has been called a hack over the years. What is a hack?
(a) A writer with no talent.
(b) A literary drudge.
(c) An excellent writer.
(d) A writer of trivial matter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a common characteristic of adverbs?

2. King also suggests limiting speaker attributes. What are speaker attributes?

3. What kind of verbs does King recommend be used when writing?

4. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .

5. How does King feel about figures of speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence can you find about King's feelings on Strunk and White's Elements of Style?

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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