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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. On certain occasions, King believes that grammar rules _________ .
(a) Should be discussed between characters.
(b) May be played with.
(c) Can be ignored.
(d) Can be explained casually to the reader.

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

3. What is King's most important injunction to writers?
(a) Writers must be original.
(b) Writers must work every day.
(c) Writers should be honest.
(d) Writers need to have their own space.

4. Why does King's uncle carry the whole toolbox with him?
(a) Because it is a habit.
(b) Because he can't go back home between jobs.
(c) Because lifting it gives him a workout.
(d) Because he says a person could never be sure what tools he would need.

5. What does King say about adverbs?
(a) To use colorful adverbs to make the writing more vivid.
(b) To include them when characters are being emotional.
(c) To limit their use.
(d) To use them to intensify meaning.

Short Answer Questions

1. If used correctly, King believes that dialogue could be what object for a writer?

2. What does King consider to be a writer's practice?

3. What does King believe is necessary to create strong characters?

4. There is an old adage in writing: write what you know. How does King feel about this?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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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