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

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

3. Where does King discover horror stories?
(a) At the newsstand.
(b) At his aunt and uncle's house.
(c) At the local theater.
(d) In the school library.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does King define writing as?

3. What does King suggest that readers who do not take writing seriously do?

4. What is the third specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be?

5. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what ways is the rabbit on the table of symbol of King's belief in magic and telepathy? Explain in your own words.

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

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

5. What are some of the aspects of writing that King is not going to emphasize in the chapter, What Writing Is?

6. King was a heavy drinker and addicted to cocaine. He believed that these two elements contributed to his creativity. In terms of the chapter, C.V., do you think his belief was justified? Why or why not?

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

8. How did King begin his career as a writer?

9. 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?

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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