On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Test | Final Test - Hard

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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

King claims that in order to be a good writer, you must read. Why does King believe reading to be important to a writer? What does he say about writers who don't read? Cite reasons from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Why has Strunk and White's Elements of Style remained popular for over 30 years? What are the topics the book covers? How is this book different from other books? Even with his praise of the book, King criticizes some elements of the book. What should a writer do with these elements? Answer based on King's statements and the book, Elements of Style.

Essay Topic 3

King claims all writers need a 'toolbox'. Why is a toolbox important for a writer? What should the toolbox contain? How can a writer improve his toolbox according to King? Use specific answers from the book to explain your answer.

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