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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?
(a) No, not always.
(b) Yes, if the reader reads carefully.
(c) Yes, he does.
(d) If the writer describes it well, he will.

2. What does King do while editor of his school paper?
(a) He wins a national contest for the paper.
(b) He copies other people's stories and publishes them.
(c) He creates one of the best versions of the paper ever.
(d) He writes a satirical version of the paper.

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. What is the second specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Diction.
(b) Vocabulary.
(c) Grammar.
(d) Voice.

9. 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.

10. What does King remember about his childhood with his brother Dave?
(a) Always being in trouble.
(b) How his brother hit him.
(c) Their pets.
(d) Many adventures.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. In the chapter, C.V., King makes a discovery about writing. What is this discovery?

3. When King's principal hears about King's episode with the newspaper, what does he suggest?

4. What is a major theme in the second chapter of King's book?

5. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

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