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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 should dialogue represent?
(a) Speech written as we hear it, i.e. Whatcha ya doin'?
(b) Normal speech.
(c) Conversation between characters.
(d) Dialogue should stress the best conversational ability of the characters.

2. What does King's uncle inherit?
(a) A car.
(b) A large toolbox.
(c) A silver watch.
(d) The house.

3. King gives the example of John Grisham as a writer. What does he say about Grisham?
(a) Grisham is a lawyer who wrote about his profession, though the situations in his novels were not realistic.
(b) Grisham ignores the adage write what you know.
(c) Grisham became an excellent writer after researching courtroom drama.
(d) Grisham is a highly skilled writer who wrote about realistic legal situations.

4. From King's statements, what element should be used to illustrate a character?
(a) Their typical, everyday dress.
(b) Their mannerisms.
(c) Their thoughts.
(d) Their speech.

5. How does King define vocabulary?
(a) Good words and knowledge of how to use them.
(b) A knowledge of words used by different people that you are going to write about.
(c) The sum of the words you know.
(d) An essential tool for good writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King help his uncle fix as a child?

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

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

4. Why does King emphasize the importance of reading?

5. Which genre does King feel Misery will belong to when he begins to write the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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