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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?
(a) Stories about King's early life.
(b) Stories related to how King became a horror novelist.
(c) Stories about King's views on writing.
(d) Stories from King's childhood related to how he became a writer.

3. What does King suggest that readers who do not take writing seriously do?
(a) Study the book more carefully.
(b) Read the book, but ignore the advice that conflicts with the reader's beliefs.
(c) Stop reading the book.
(d) Ignore his advice completely.

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

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

6. What animal appears in the image King describes in the second chapter?
(a) A cat.
(b) A parakeet.
(c) A turtle.
(d) A rabbit.

7. 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?
(a) He rearranges his office to accommodate a larger desk and chair.
(b) He exchanges his massive desk for a smaller one.
(c) He centers his desk in his office.
(d) He moves his massive desk to a corner of his office.

8. 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 other details about the animal.
(b) The number as an object of fate.
(c) On this number and what it might mean.
(d) The possibilities of significant other numbers.

9. What number appears in King's image?
(a) The number seven.
(b) It is not specified.
(c) The number 24/7.
(d) The number three.

10. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?
(a) Mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
(b) Stories by O. Henry.
(c) Humorous stories by Mark Twain.
(d) Horror stories by Edgar Allen Poe.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?

2. What does King do while editor of his school paper?

3. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?

4. The image in the second chapter is King's way of demonstrating to the readers his idea of _____.

5. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?

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