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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 third specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be?
(a) A book on subjectivity.
(b) A book on horror.
(c) A book on realism.
(d) An instruction handbook.

2. The change that King made in his writing life after his wife's intervention is seen by King as a symbol. What does this symbol represent?
(a) A change in his writing style.
(b) A change to a deeper kind of symbolism in his writing.
(c) A change in the meaning of his writing.
(d) A change in the priorities of his life.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

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

3. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?

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

5. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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