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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King remember about his childhood with his brother Dave?

2. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?

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

4. What type of job does King believe writing to be?

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

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