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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. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?
(a) No one.
(b) The writer.
(c) The reader.
(d) The translator.

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

3. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?
(a) If the writer describes it well, he will.
(b) Yes, if the reader reads carefully.
(c) Yes, he does.
(d) No, not always.

4. How can the book, On Writing, be described?
(a) A masterpiece.
(b) Poignant, educated and inspiring.
(c) A poorly conceived hack job.
(d) Clever, formulistic, but inspiring.

5. What does King define writing as?
(a) Telepathy.
(b) Visualization of scenes.
(c) A juxtaposition of words and images.
(d) The creation of images in a reader's head.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does King remember about his childhood with his brother Dave?

3. How does King state he feels about writing for money?

4. What happens to the person(s) on whom King bases Carrie while they were in high school?

5. What is the first thing King requests in the second chapter that his readers accept about writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way is the chapter, What Writing Is, different from the usual book on writing?

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

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

5. One of King's babysitters was particularly cruel. How might she have affected his later writings?

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

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

8. 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?

9. After Tabitha King's intervention in her husband's addictions, King insisted on moving his desk. How was this symbolically important to him?

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

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