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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 animal appears in the image King describes in the second chapter?
(a) A rabbit.
(b) A cat.
(c) A turtle.
(d) A parakeet.

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

3. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?
(a) With certain key details.
(b) In great detail.
(c) With as little detail as possible.
(d) Without any details.

4. Whom does King meet while in college?
(a) His writing mentor.
(b) His future wife.
(c) His future publisher.
(d) His future agent.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does King get a job to help pay for college?

2. What is the location of the first item mentioned in the image?

3. What does King do while editor of his school paper?

4. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?

5. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 want his readers to put his book down if they are unable to accept that writing is magic?

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

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