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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. Of the two reasons King gives for why people write, which one does he support?
(a) Writing as a hobby.
(b) Writing for money.
(c) Writing as a passion.
(d) Writing for fame.

2. Where does King get a job to help pay for college?
(a) At Canon Mills and Mfg. Co.
(b) At Worumbo Mills and Weaving.
(c) At Massachusetts Mills and Dye Co.
(d) At West Point Peppermill Mfg Co.

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

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

5. What kind of writing book does King say that he will be not be writing?
(a) The usual book of topics followed by exercises.
(b) A book of writing exercises.
(c) A common writing book.
(d) A textbook.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?

2. How does his writing help King financially?

3. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?

4. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

5. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Based on the chapters, C.V., and What Writing Is, what ideas justify King's statement that writing is a serious job?

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

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

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

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

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