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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How can the book, On Writing, be described?
(a) A masterpiece.
(b) Poignant, educated and inspiring.
(c) A poorly conceived hack job.
(d) Clever, formulistic, but inspiring.

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

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

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

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

6. 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) Stop reading the book.
(d) Read the book, but ignore the advice that conflicts with the reader's beliefs.

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

8. In what manner does King say writers must always consider writing?
(a) Morally.
(b) Seriously.
(c) Ideologically.
(d) Realistically.

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

10. What kind of a book is On Writing?
(a) A book on writing.
(b) A book on writing a biography.
(c) Part biography and part how-to.
(d) A novel.

11. Of the two reasons King gives for why people write, which one does he support?
(a) Writing for fame.
(b) Writing as a hobby.
(c) Writing as a passion.
(d) Writing for money.

12. When does King get the idea for Carrie?
(a) After taking a job at a high school.
(b) After watching a similar TV show.
(c) When his wife tells him a story she overheard.
(d) After reading about another girl.

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

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

15. Whom does King meet while in college?
(a) His future publisher.
(b) His future wife.
(c) His future agent.
(d) His writing mentor.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?

2. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?

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

4. What animal appears in the image King describes in the second chapter?

5. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?

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