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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many specific facts are provided by King about the entire image in the second chapter?
(a) Five.
(b) An object, its color, and its number.
(c) Only two: the object and a number on its back.
(d) Four items and their location/relation to one another.

3. How does King obtain money from his classmates?
(a) He writes clever short stories.
(b) He writes a novel based on one of Poe's stories and sells it at school.
(c) He writes term papers for them.
(d) He writes jokes and sells them.

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

5. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?
(a) Stories related to how King became a horror novelist.
(b) Stories about King's views on writing.
(c) Stories from King's childhood related to how he became a writer.
(d) Stories about King's early life.

6. Of the details King has supplied the reader regarding his image in the second chapter, what does King hope the reader will primarily focus on?
(a) On this number and what it might mean.
(b) The number as an object of fate.
(c) The other details about the animal.
(d) The possibilities of significant other numbers.

7. In the chapter, C.V., King touches on the theme of the book. What is this theme?
(a) Writing for money.
(b) Writing as a career.
(c) Writing as magic.
(d) Writing as life support.

8. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?
(a) Mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
(b) Humorous stories by Mark Twain.
(c) Horror stories by Edgar Allen Poe.
(d) Stories by O. Henry.

9. .What is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Writing exercises.
(b) Theme and plot.
(c) Writing mechanics.
(d) Symbolism.

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

11. What kind of writing book does King say that he will be not be writing?
(a) A textbook.
(b) The usual book of topics followed by exercises.
(c) A book of writing exercises.
(d) A common writing book.

12. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?
(a) The book sells its paperback rights to TNT for a television series.
(b) The book is published in Spanish.
(c) The publisher sells the paperback rights.
(d) The book is made into a movie.

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

14. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?
(a) Without any details.
(b) With as little detail as possible.
(c) With certain key details.
(d) In great detail.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does King miss his first year of school?

2. 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?

3. To which substance is King first addicted as a young man?

4. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?

5. King's early addiction soon added another one. What is it?

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