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Multiple Choice Questions

1. On one of their expeditions, King and his brother meet an unexpected enemy. What is this enemy?
(a) A snake.
(b) Poison ivy.
(c) A bear.
(d) A black and white skunk.

2. In the chapter, C.V., King makes a discovery about writing. What is this discovery?
(a) He discovers that writing is an obsession.
(b) He discovers that his writing is not very good.
(c) He discovers that writing was something he likes to do.
(d) He discovers that writing controls his life.

3. What is King's overall opinion on writing as a profession?
(a) It is serious and straightforward.
(b) It is frivolous.
(c) It is didactic.
(d) It is humorous.

4. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?
(a) An image.
(b) A piece of advice.
(c) A monologue.
(d) An injunction.

5. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?
(a) Because he feels he doesn't know enough about the events that went on in a girl's locker room.
(b) Because he doesn't like the main character Carrie.
(c) Because his wife hates the story.
(d) Because he is too busy to continue.

6. When does King get the idea for Carrie?
(a) After taking a job at a high school.
(b) After watching a similar TV show.
(c) After reading about another girl.
(d) When his wife tells him a story she overheard.

7. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?
(a) Yes, he does.
(b) Yes, if the reader reads carefully.
(c) If the writer describes it well, he will.
(d) No, not always.

8. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?
(a) With as little detail as possible.
(b) With certain key details.
(c) In great detail.
(d) Without any details.

9. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?
(a) He didn't.
(b) He describes its texture.
(c) He talks about its smell.
(d) He describes its color.

10. .What is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Theme and plot.
(b) Writing exercises.
(c) Symbolism.
(d) Writing mechanics.

11. How does King state he feels about writing for money?
(a) Writing for money is unnecessary; it will come.
(b) One cannot write in anticipation of making money.
(c) Everyone writes for money.
(d) Writing is art, and as such, it may not pay.

12. If a reader does not see an image the same way as the writer, how has the image changed?
(a) The image doesn't change. It is the same image.
(b) As the reader reads about it, the details change.
(c) The creative process changes the image to fit the story.
(d) The image becomes more elaborated.

13. What does King do while editor of his school paper?
(a) He creates one of the best versions of the paper ever.
(b) He writes a satirical version of the paper.
(c) He copies other people's stories and publishes them.
(d) He wins a national contest for the paper.

14. What happens with the electromagnet experiment?
(a) It darkens his entire apartment building.
(b) It shocks Stephen and Dave King, and sends them to the hospital.
(c) It burns up their house.
(d) It is too big and blows out a neighborhood transformer.

15. Of the two reasons King gives for why people write, which one does he support?
(a) Writing for fame.
(b) Writing as a passion.
(c) Writing as a hobby.
(d) Writing for money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?

2. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?

3. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?

4. How does King's mother die?

5. Where does King discover horror stories?

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