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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) A black and white skunk.
(c) A bear.
(d) Poison ivy.

2. What is the unusual item attached to the animal?
(a) A letter.
(b) A number.
(c) A Chinese symbol.
(d) An eye.

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

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

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

6. 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 is an obsession.
(d) He discovers that writing controls his life.

7. What is King's overall opinion on details in writing?
(a) Supply those the reader would never get on his own.
(b) Only supply the minimum.
(c) Supply all major details, but let the reader fill in the minor ones.
(d) Supply key details and a couple of minor ones for color.

8. What kind of writing book does King say that he will be not be writing?
(a) The usual book of topics followed by exercises.
(b) A textbook.
(c) A common writing book.
(d) A book of writing exercises.

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

10. 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.

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

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

13. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?
(a) A newspaper reporter.
(b) A high school English teacher.
(c) A night janitor for his wife's office.
(d) A worker in a laundry.

14. 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 possibilities of significant other numbers.
(c) On this number and what it might mean.
(d) The other details about the animal.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Of the two reasons King gives for why people write, which one does he support?

4. Whom does King meet while in college?

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

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