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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What animal appears in the image King describes in the second chapter?
(a) A parakeet.
(b) A rabbit.
(c) A cat.
(d) A turtle.

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

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

4. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?
(a) A worker in a laundry.
(b) A night janitor for his wife's office.
(c) A newspaper reporter.
(d) A high school English teacher.

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

6. Where on the animal is something unusual attached?
(a) On its foot.
(b) On its back.
(c) On its side.
(d) On a collar around its neck.

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

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

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

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

11. 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 abused physically.
(c) They were bullied and mistreated by their classmates.
(d) They were isolated by their classmates.

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

13. After Tabitha King's intervention in King's addictions, he makes some changes in his life. What change does he make in his writing life?
(a) He exchanges his massive desk for a smaller one.
(b) He moves his massive desk to a corner of his office.
(c) He rearranges his office to accommodate a larger desk and chair.
(d) He centers his desk in his office.

14. What does King define writing as?
(a) Telepathy.
(b) A juxtaposition of words and images.
(c) Visualization of scenes.
(d) The creation of images in a reader's head.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

2. According to King, what are two reasons to write?

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

4. How does King obtain money from his classmates?

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

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