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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 is the third specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be?
(a) An instruction handbook.
(b) A book on subjectivity.
(c) A book on horror.
(d) A book on realism.

2. What is the unusual item attached to the animal?
(a) An eye.
(b) A letter.
(c) A Chinese symbol.
(d) A number.

3. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?
(a) It provides a discussion of King's famous works.
(b) It provides a formats for writers.
(c) It provides inspiration.
(d) It provides King's views on other writer's formulas for success.

4. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?
(a) The book is published in Spanish.
(b) The publisher sells the paperback rights.
(c) The book sells its paperback rights to TNT for a television series.
(d) The book is made into a movie.

5. What happens to Carrie when King sends it off to the publisher?
(a) King receives a check for $250.
(b) It sells, and he receives an advance of $2500.
(c) King receives a telegram saying the book needed revisions.
(d) The publisher sells it for $2500.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does it prove valuable to King to work for a local newspaper?

2. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?

3. Whom does King meet while in college?

4. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What ideas justify the belief that fate intervened in King's life?

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

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

4. How would some of King's other beliefs about writing increase a reader's pleasure? Explain in your own words.

5. What facts or ideas show the beginnings of King's career as a master of horror?

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

7. In the chapter, On Writing, King says characters should be multi-dimensional. What motive is there for trying to give all characters evil, as well as good, characteristics?

8. In what way is the book, On Writing, to be different from King's usual work?

9. What evidence can you find in the chapter, On Living, that King actually wanted to get back to work during the period of his accident?

10. In the chapter, On Writing, King says a writer can improve his work by reading. How does the advice given by King 'to read' improve a writer's work?

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