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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does King state he feels about writing for money?
(a) Writing for money is unnecessary; it will come.
(b) One cannot write in anticipation of making money.
(c) Writing is art, and as such, it may not pay.
(d) Everyone writes for money.

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

4. .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.

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

6. On one of their expeditions, King and his brother meet an unexpected enemy. What is this enemy?
(a) A black and white skunk.
(b) Poison ivy.
(c) A bear.
(d) A snake.

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

8. When a writer sees an image in his/her head and writes it down, what is he accomplishing in regards to the reader?
(a) Demonstrating his prowess as an author who should be read.
(b) Enticing the reader to stay alert.
(c) Suggesting how to understand the author's thoughts.
(d) Giving the image to the reader.

9. 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 centers his desk in his office.
(b) He exchanges his massive desk for a smaller one.
(c) He rearranges his office to accommodate a larger desk and chair.
(d) He moves his massive desk to a corner of his office.

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

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

12. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?
(a) He describes its color.
(b) He describes its texture.
(c) He didn't.
(d) He talks about its smell.

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

14. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?
(a) While in college.
(b) While in elementary school.
(c) While in high school.
(d) While in junior high school.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what manner does King say writers must always consider writing?

2. When does King get the idea for Carrie?

3. If a reader does not see an image the same way as the writer, how has the image changed?

4. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?

5. What is the unusual item attached to the animal?

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