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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does his writing help King financially?
(a) Often his stories would sell when they were in serious financial trouble.
(b) King's writing didn't really help financially.
(c) King's writing was a steady, but small source of income.
(d) King's stories never made much, but every little bit helped.

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

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

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

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

7. Where does King get a job to help pay for college?
(a) At West Point Peppermill Mfg Co.
(b) At Massachusetts Mills and Dye Co.
(c) At Canon Mills and Mfg. Co.
(d) At Worumbo Mills and Weaving.

8. Where does King discover horror stories?
(a) In the school library.
(b) At his aunt and uncle's house.
(c) At the local theater.
(d) At the newsstand.

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

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

11. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?
(a) Mistreats him and complains to his mother about his behavior.
(b) Forces him to stay in his room all day.
(c) Feeds him too many eggs and then locks him in a closet.
(d) Tortures King with a belt.

12. 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 stay out of trouble in the future.
(c) He tells him to get a job with a local paper as a sports writer.
(d) He tells him to get a job to keep him busy.

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

14. 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 image doesn't change. It is the same image.
(d) The creative process changes the image to fit the story.

15. King states that writing is a job that includes aspects that are ____.
(a) Unexplainable.
(b) Drudgery.
(c) Void of meaning.
(d) Ponderous.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King define writing as?

2. What is the name of the second chapter of this book?

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

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

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

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