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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King believe about writers who are too busy to read?

2. What action does King believe a writer should take with respect to grammar?

3. In order to ignore a grammar rule, what does King believe must be observed?

4. What advice does King give on paragraphs?

5. Why does King emphasize the importance of reading?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What factors led to the publication of Carrie? Why do you think the novel was a success? Use ideas from the text to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Based on the book, On Writing, what is the most important item in the writer's toolbox? Why is this important? Support your argument with ideas from the text.

Essay Topic 3

King believes that certain preparations are unnecessary and even harmful to aspiring writers. He mentions creative writing courses and writers' retreats. What does he have to say about these two options for writers? Explain using your own words.

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