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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. King also suggests limiting speaker attributes. What are speaker attributes?
(a) Description of the physical appearance of a speaker.
(b) The use of words such as 'he said' or 'she proclaimed'.
(c) The physical and psychological profile of a speaker.
(d) This is when a speaker 'attributes' words to another person, i.e. 'Goethe stated...'.

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

3. What kind of verbs does King recommend be used when writing?
(a) Verbs in the active voice, present tense.
(b) Verbs in the active voice.
(c) Verbs of vivid action.
(d) Verbs in the passive voice, past tense.

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

5. Why does King emphasize the importance of reading?
(a) He believes a writer learns his craft from reading.
(b) He thinks that writers need to see what other writers are writing about.
(c) He wants writers to appreciate different styles of writing.
(d) He feels that writers need to widen their horizons.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are King's feelings on grammar study?

2. Does King feel that a writer should blindly follow all the rules in the book he recommends?

3. King claims __________ is the second most important tool in a writer's toolbox.

4. How does King feel about writers improving their work?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that writer's retreats and creative writing classes are unnecessary. Why did King consider these opportunities a waste of time?

3. What is King trying to tell the aspiring writer about finding his voice?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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.

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

9. In the chapter, On Writing, King discusses symbolism and theme as elements best ignored in first drafts. What is the relationship between symbolism and theme in King's work?

10. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that a writer should 'write what he knows'. What ideas justify this statement?

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