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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does it prove valuable to King to work for a local newspaper?
(a) Because he wins a national sports writing contest while there.
(b) Because the job with the paper earns King a lot of money.
(c) Because the editor keeps him so busy he didn't have time to get into trouble.
(d) Because the editor teaches King how to edit his work.

2. How does King state he feels about writing for money?
(a) One cannot write in anticipation of making money.
(b) Writing for money is unnecessary; it will come.
(c) Writing is art, and as such, it may not pay.
(d) Everyone writes for money.

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

4. What is the location of the first item mentioned in the image?
(a) In a chair.
(b) On a table.
(c) Over a counter.
(d) On the floor.

5. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?
(a) While in college.
(b) While in high school.
(c) While in elementary school.
(d) While in junior high school.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?
(a) Because his wife hates the story.
(b) Because he feels he doesn't know enough about the events that went on in a girl's locker room.
(c) Because he doesn't like the main character Carrie.
(d) Because he is too busy to continue.

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

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

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

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

15. What happens to the person(s) on whom King bases Carrie while they were in high school?
(a) They were hounded by their parents to get good grades.
(b) They were isolated by their classmates.
(c) They were abused physically.
(d) They were bullied and mistreated by their classmates.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. .What is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?

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

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

5. What kind of a book is On Writing?

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