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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. How does King paint the main character from The Dead Zone?
(a) As a nice, normal boy who is flawed.
(b) He is too perfect.
(c) He is evil but loving.
(d) He has his flaws and is thoroughly evil.

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

3. What is unusual about the character Annie Wilkes?
(a) She is a psychopath with redeeming qualities.
(b) She is a good person doing evil deeds.
(c) Her prisoner finds her sympathetic.
(d) She maintains her good qualities while committing her sins.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to King, what goes in the top of the writer's toolbox?

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

3. From whom does King's uncle inherit something?

4. According to King, what three things are the bases of all stories?

5. How many words a day does King try to produce?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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. 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?

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

9. 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?

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

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