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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to King, what are two reasons to write?
(a) Writing as a passion; writing as a career.
(b) Writing as a passion; writing as a way to gain fame.
(c) Writing as a serious career; writing as a hobby.
(d) Writing for fame and glory; writing for a livelihood.

2. To which substance is King first addicted as a young man?
(a) Alcohol.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Prescription pain-killers.

3. The image in the second chapter is King's way of demonstrating to the readers his idea of _____.
(a) How to entice a reader to read more.
(b) The importance of the reader's creativity.
(c) What writing is.
(d) The use of description to fully set up a scene.

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

5. How does King obtain money from his classmates?
(a) He writes jokes and sells them.
(b) He writes term papers for them.
(c) He writes a novel based on one of Poe's stories and sells it at school.
(d) He writes clever short stories.

6. Of the details King has supplied the reader regarding his image in the second chapter, what does King hope the reader will primarily focus on?
(a) The number as an object of fate.
(b) The other details about the animal.
(c) The possibilities of significant other numbers.
(d) On this number and what it might mean.

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

8. What is the location of the first item mentioned in the image?
(a) In a chair.
(b) On the floor.
(c) Over a counter.
(d) On a table.

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

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

11. What is a major theme in the second chapter of King's book?
(a) The writer's life.
(b) The necessity of studying other authors.
(c) Reasons or motivations for writing.
(d) The importance of studying grammar and vocabulary.

12. .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.

13. According to King, what is the second condition that, if readers cannot accept, should be a reason to stop reading his book?
(a) That writing will probably not make a lot of money for the reader.
(b) That fame and fortune are fleeting.
(c) That writing is a serious job with inexplicable aspects.
(d) That the writing is drudgery.

14. What is the first object described in the image in the second chapter?
(a) A head.
(b) A bird.
(c) A cage.
(d) A snake.

15. Why does King miss his first year of school?
(a) Because his mother homeschools him.
(b) Because of his father.
(c) Because he moves too many times.
(d) Because of chronic ear and throat infections.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?

2. 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?

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

4. What type of job does King believe writing to be?

5. What happens to Carrie when King sends it off to the publisher?

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