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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. According to King, what characteristic should a writer's space have?
(a) A simple place with little or no distractions.
(b) A quiet place with a radio and a computer.
(c) An office space with files, computer, printer, and a telephone.
(d) A calming venue with only a telephone and a computer.

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

3. What activity might cause King to work on days he normally doesn't work?
(a) Having a writer's block and not producing his usual amount of words previously.
(b) Being in the middle of a new novel.
(c) Having a deadline to meet.
(d) Being sick on days previous to the holiday.

4. What does King consider to be the best tool in making a writer?
(a) Taking writing courses in different genres.
(b) Practice writing.
(c) Going to writers' retreats.
(d) Reading.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From King's statements, what element should be used to illustrate a character?

2. What lesson does the experience with his uncle teach King?

3. How could the object King's uncle inherits be described?

4. What kind of material should a writer read in order to learn the most from his reading?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

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

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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