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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. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?
(a) He urges writers to ignore this advice and write what they think is important and of value.
(b) He believes that writers should follow this advice, but not in a literal way.
(c) He hopes that writers will experiment and not be limited by this statement.
(d) He suggests writers research questions they are interested in and then write about them.

2. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?
(a) Characterization, dialogue and theme.
(b) Dialogue, theme, and description.
(c) Narration, dialogue, and description.
(d) Narration, dialogue, and characterization.

3. How could the object King's uncle inherits be described?
(a) Large and hard to carry around.
(b) Big but light.
(c) Small and light.
(d) Large and open.

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

5. What does King feel he will accomplish with his technique regarding description?
(a) He doesn not want the reader to become an active participant in the creative process.
(b) He believes that a reader is unimpressed by description.
(c) He urges the writer to work more on his dialogues.
(d) He is leaving some things to the reader's imagination.

Short Answer Questions

1. King's comparison of a handyman's toolbox with a writer's tool box is which figure of speech?

2. What equipment does a writer need according to King?

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

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

5. According to King, grammar rules were _______________ .

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. King also said 'to not write in fear'. What do you think he means by this statement? Explain in your own words.

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

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