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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. How does King feel about figures of speech?
(a) He says a writer should avoid similes and metaphors that are cliché and make little sense.
(b) He thinks they should be used extensively.
(c) He thinks that writers should use other ways of transmitting their thoughts.
(d) He says they should be avoided.

2. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?
(a) Yes, because these rules are the ultimate authority.
(b) No. He feels some of the rules are 'a little over the top'.
(c) Yes. They are excellent rules.
(d) Yes, but the writer should remember and use the exceptions, too.

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

4. When does King hold himself to the minimum number of words per day?
(a) While writing the first draft of all his novels.
(b) When working under a deadline.
(c) During a period of writer's block.
(d) While he is revising his work.

5. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?
(a) Any kind of writing.
(b) Reading.
(c) Writing exercises.
(d) Daily journal entries.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to King, what characteristic should a writer's space have?

2. How does King define vocabulary?

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

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

5. What does King feel he will accomplish with his technique regarding description?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

4. Both with vocabulary and 'above all else' King emphasizes honesty. Explain 'honesty' according to King and in your own words.

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

6. 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.

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

8. 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?

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

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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