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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. Where on the animal is something unusual attached?
(a) On its side.
(b) On its foot.
(c) On its back.
(d) On a collar around its neck.

2. What happens with the electromagnet experiment?
(a) It shocks Stephen and Dave King, and sends them to the hospital.
(b) It darkens his entire apartment building.
(c) It burns up their house.
(d) It is too big and blows out a neighborhood transformer.

3. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?
(a) Under the cage.
(b) Lying on the floor.
(c) Draped over a chair.
(d) Beside the first object.

4. Why does it prove valuable to King to work for a local newspaper?
(a) Because the editor teaches King how to edit his work.
(b) Because he wins a national sports writing contest while there.
(c) Because the job with the paper earns King a lot of money.
(d) Because the editor keeps him so busy he didn't have time to get into trouble.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?

4. Who is the character Carrie based on?

5. After Tabitha King's intervention in King's addictions, he makes some changes in his life. What change does he make in his writing life?

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

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

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

5. As a child, King had many chronic ear and throat infections. How might these illnesses lead King to writing?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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