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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?
(a) An injunction.
(b) A monologue.
(c) An image.
(d) A piece of advice.

2. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?
(a) Lying on the floor.
(b) Under the cage.
(c) Beside the first object.
(d) Draped over a chair.

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

4. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?
(a) No one.
(b) The translator.
(c) The reader.
(d) The writer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. According to King, what is the second condition that, if readers cannot accept, should be a reason to stop reading his book?
(a) That writing is a serious job with inexplicable aspects.
(b) That the writing is drudgery.
(c) That fame and fortune are fleeting.
(d) That writing will probably not make a lot of money for the reader.

13. 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 becomes more elaborated.
(c) The creative process changes the image to fit the story.
(d) The image doesn't change. It is the same image.

14. 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 a way to build on your senses.
(c) Writing is creative.
(d) Writing is magic.

15. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?
(a) He describes its texture.
(b) He didn't.
(c) He describes its color.
(d) He talks about its smell.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does King begin to write stories?

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

3. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?

4. Why does King describe the image in the second chapter the way he does?

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

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