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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of job does King believe writing to be?
(a) A serious one.
(b) One requiring hard work.
(c) A joyous one.
(d) One of drudgery.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?

2. Who is the character Carrie based on?

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

4. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?

5. Where does King discover horror stories?

Short Essay Questions

1. When King asks the writer to accept 'the magic of writing, but to take it seriously', what is he saying?

2. What conclusions can you draw from King's comparison of writing as a career versus writing as a passion? Explain in your own words.

3. How did King learn to edit his work? Why was this important to the young writer?

4. Can you explain how King created the character of Carrie and why he disliked her so?

5. How would you summarize the different jobs King had during his early career? How might these jobs have influenced his work?

6. Why does King want his readers to put his book down if they are unable to accept that writing is magic?

7. What relationship is there between writing as a career and writing as a passion? Explain in your own words.

8. What inferences can you make from King's statement that writing is magic? Explain in your own words.

9. Why does King write? Explain in your own words based on the chapters, C.V., and What Writing Is.

10. Based on the chapters, C.V., and What Writing Is, what ideas justify King's statement that writing is a serious job?

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