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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 is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Writing exercises.
(b) Writing mechanics.
(c) Theme and plot.
(d) Symbolism.

2. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?
(a) He talks about its smell.
(b) He describes its color.
(c) He didn't.
(d) He describes its texture.

3. In the chapter, C.V., King touches on the theme of the book. What is this theme?
(a) Writing as magic.
(b) Writing as a career.
(c) Writing for money.
(d) Writing as life support.

4. What happens to the person(s) on whom King bases Carrie while they were in high school?
(a) They were bullied and mistreated by their classmates.
(b) They were isolated by their classmates.
(c) They were hounded by their parents to get good grades.
(d) They were abused physically.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does King miss his first year of school?

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

3. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?

4. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?

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

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

3. How did King learn to edit his work? Why was this important to the young writer?

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

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

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