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

2. What does King remember about his childhood with his brother Dave?
(a) Their pets.
(b) How his brother hit him.
(c) Many adventures.
(d) Always being in trouble.

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

4. What is King's overall opinion on details in writing?
(a) Supply key details and a couple of minor ones for color.
(b) Only supply the minimum.
(c) Supply all major details, but let the reader fill in the minor ones.
(d) Supply those the reader would never get on his own.

5. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?
(a) A monologue.
(b) A piece of advice.
(c) An image.
(d) An injunction.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the details King has supplied the reader regarding his image in the second chapter, what does King hope the reader will primarily focus on?

2. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

3. How many specific facts are provided by King about the entire image in the second chapter?

4. 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?

5. Where does King discover horror stories?

Short Essay Questions

1. In a short paper, summarize the main points of King's life as an author.

2. What are some of the things King remembers from his childhood? How might they have affected his writing?

3. King opens the chapter, What Writing Is, with an image. What is the image and how is it described? In what ways is this image different from other images presented in books? What is King's motive in doing this? Do you think this is an effective way to allow the reader to see the scene? Why or why not?

4. King believed that writing is telepathy. What is telepathy in the context of this statement?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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