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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where on the animal is something unusual attached?
(a) On its side.
(b) On its back.
(c) On its foot.
(d) On a collar around its neck.

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

3. What is the third specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be?
(a) A book on horror.
(b) An instruction handbook.
(c) A book on subjectivity.
(d) A book on realism.

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

5. When King's principal hears about King's episode with the newspaper, what does he suggest?
(a) He tells him to get a job with a local paper as a sports writer.
(b) He tells him to stay out of trouble in the future.
(c) He encourages King to quit writing.
(d) He tells him to get a job to keep him busy.

6. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?
(a) Stories about family members.
(b) Local gossip and family news.
(c) Stories told to King about his family.
(d) Family and neighborhood news.

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

8. Where does King get a job to help pay for college?
(a) At Massachusetts Mills and Dye Co.
(b) At Worumbo Mills and Weaving.
(c) At Canon Mills and Mfg. Co.
(d) At West Point Peppermill Mfg Co.

9. King's early addiction soon added another one. What is it?
(a) Over the counter pain-killers.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Heroin.
(d) Marijuana.

10. What is the second specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Diction.
(b) Grammar.
(c) Voice.
(d) Vocabulary.

11. The change that King made in his writing life after his wife's intervention is seen by King as a symbol. What does this symbol represent?
(a) A change in his writing style.
(b) A change to a deeper kind of symbolism in his writing.
(c) A change in the meaning of his writing.
(d) A change in the priorities of his life.

12. What is the first thing King requests in the second chapter that his readers accept about writing?
(a) Writing is a way to build on your senses.
(b) Writing is creative.
(c) Writing is magic.
(d) Writing is an exercise.

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

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

15. How does his writing help King financially?
(a) King's writing was a steady, but small source of income.
(b) King's writing didn't really help financially.
(c) Often his stories would sell when they were in serious financial trouble.
(d) King's stories never made much, but every little bit helped.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does King miss his first year of school?

2. What is the name of the second chapter of this book?

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

4. How does King state he feels about writing for money?

5. Who is the character Carrie based on?

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