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

2. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .
(a) Necessary for communication.
(b) To be followed.
(c) Made to be broken.
(d) Convenient conventions.

3. King's comparison of a handyman's toolbox with a writer's tool box is which figure of speech?
(a) Irony.
(b) Metaphor.
(c) Simile.
(d) Epigram.

4. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?
(a) Study and preparation through classwork.
(b) Practice in writing.
(c) A grounding in literature.
(d) The most important tools for writing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King's uncle take with him when he works?

2. According to King, what is the most important tool for a writer?

3. What does King's uncle inherit?

4. Another belief of King is that writers have a special need. What is this need?

5. From whom does King's uncle inherit something?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. What evidence can you find to support King's claim that plot is less necessary than many would have the writer believe?

4. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

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

7. King stated aspiring writers should not use speaker attributes other than said. What are speaker attributes and why would King warn against using them?

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

9. 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?

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

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