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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 image becomes more elaborated.
(d) The creative process changes the image to fit the story.

2. In what manner does King say writers must always consider writing?
(a) Seriously.
(b) Morally.
(c) Ideologically.
(d) Realistically.

3. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?
(a) While in junior high school.
(b) While in college.
(c) While in elementary school.
(d) While in high school.

4. What type of job does King believe writing to be?
(a) One of drudgery.
(b) One requiring hard work.
(c) A joyous one.
(d) A serious one.

5. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?
(a) Lying on the floor.
(b) Draped over a chair.
(c) Beside the first object.
(d) Under the cage.

6. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?
(a) The book is made into a movie.
(b) The book is published in Spanish.
(c) The book sells its paperback rights to TNT for a television series.
(d) The publisher sells the paperback rights.

7. What kind of a book is On Writing?
(a) A novel.
(b) Part biography and part how-to.
(c) A book on writing a biography.
(d) A book on writing.

8. How many specific facts are provided by King about the entire image in the second chapter?
(a) Five.
(b) An object, its color, and its number.
(c) Four items and their location/relation to one another.
(d) Only two: the object and a number on its back.

9. When a writer sees an image in his/her head and writes it down, what is he accomplishing in regards to the reader?
(a) Demonstrating his prowess as an author who should be read.
(b) Giving the image to the reader.
(c) Suggesting how to understand the author's thoughts.
(d) Enticing the reader to stay alert.

10. Who is the character Carrie based on?
(a) One of his students.
(b) A friend of his wife's.
(c) His imagination.
(d) Two girls he knew in high school.

11. How can the book, On Writing, be described?
(a) A poorly conceived hack job.
(b) A masterpiece.
(c) Poignant, educated and inspiring.
(d) Clever, formulistic, but inspiring.

12. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?
(a) It provides King's views on other writer's formulas for success.
(b) It provides a discussion of King's famous works.
(c) It provides a formats for writers.
(d) It provides inspiration.

13. Whom does King meet while in college?
(a) His future publisher.
(b) His future wife.
(c) His writing mentor.
(d) His future agent.

14. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?
(a) The reader.
(b) The translator.
(c) The writer.
(d) No one.

15. What happened when Carrie sells to a paperback publisher?
(a) The book sells for $400,000, of which King received one third.
(b) The paperback publisher offers King an advance of $400,000.
(c) King receives $200,000 and his life changes forever.
(d) The paperback publisher rejects the initial version of the book and demanded revisions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is King's overall opinion on writing as a profession?

2. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?

3. According to King, what is the second condition that, if readers cannot accept, should be a reason to stop reading his book?

4. When does King get the idea for Carrie?

5. After Tabitha King's intervention in King's addictions, he makes some changes in his life. What change does he make in his writing life?

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