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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. On certain occasions, King believes that grammar rules _________ .

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

3. How does King feel about figures of speech?

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

5. What is unusual about the character Annie Wilkes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think a writer can learn to 'see' and write about what he sees from images such as the one King presented of a rabbit in a cage on a table? How can writing exercises like this one lead to better writing? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

When King says there are some elements of writing that are highly unexplainable, what is he trying to say? King also claims writing is magic. What evidence can you find in the book, On Writing, that writing is magic? Defend your answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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