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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. What is the first object described in the image in the second chapter?
(a) A head.
(b) A snake.
(c) A bird.
(d) A cage.

4. 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 creative process changes the image to fit the story.
(d) The image becomes more elaborated.

5. 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.

6. Why does King describe the image in the second chapter the way he does?
(a) King wants to trick the reader into seeing a different image.
(b) To allow the reader to see the image in their own way.
(c) So that the reader creates an image different from the one King describes.
(d) King believes the reader will see the image as he does anyway.

7. What happens with the electromagnet experiment?
(a) It darkens his entire apartment building.
(b) It shocks Stephen and Dave King, and sends them to the hospital.
(c) It burns up their house.
(d) It is too big and blows out a neighborhood transformer.

8. 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.

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

10. What is the name of the second chapter of this book?
(a) What Writing Is.
(b) Writing My Way.
(c) On Writing.
(d) On Living.

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

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

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

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

15. What does King suggest that readers who do not take writing seriously do?
(a) Stop reading the book.
(b) Study the book more carefully.
(c) Ignore his advice completely.
(d) Read the book, but ignore the advice that conflicts with the reader's beliefs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of writing book does King say that he will be not be writing?

2. Whom does King meet while in college?

3. When a writer sees an image in his/her head and writes it down, what is he accomplishing in regards to the reader?

4. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?

5. What number appears in King's image?

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