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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. On one of their expeditions, King and his brother meet an unexpected enemy. What is this enemy?
(a) Poison ivy.
(b) A bear.
(c) A snake.
(d) A black and white skunk.

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

4. What does King do while editor of his school paper?
(a) He wins a national contest for the paper.
(b) He writes a satirical version of the paper.
(c) He creates one of the best versions of the paper ever.
(d) He copies other people's stories and publishes them.

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

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

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

8. When does King begin to write stories?
(a) When he is eight or nine.
(b) After he finishes school.
(c) During his first year of school.
(d) While he is in kindergarten.

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

10. 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 to a deeper kind of symbolism in his writing.
(b) A change in the meaning of his writing.
(c) A change in the priorities of his life.
(d) A change in his writing style.

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

12. In the chapter, C.V., King touches on the theme of the book. What is this theme?
(a) Writing as magic.
(b) Writing as life support.
(c) Writing as a career.
(d) Writing for money.

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

14. King states that writing is a job that includes aspects that are ____.
(a) Unexplainable.
(b) Ponderous.
(c) Void of meaning.
(d) Drudgery.

15. How does King's mother die?
(a) She dies of injuries received in a traffic accident.
(b) She dies of uterine cancer.
(c) She dies of cirrhosis.
(d) She dies from an overdose.

Short Answer Questions

1. When King's principal hears about King's episode with the newspaper, what does he suggest?

2. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?

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

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

5. What is the location of the first item mentioned in the image?

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