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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 happened when Carrie sells to a paperback publisher?
(a) The paperback publisher rejects the initial version of the book and demanded revisions.
(b) King receives $200,000 and his life changes forever.
(c) The book sells for $400,000, of which King received one third.
(d) The paperback publisher offers King an advance of $400,000.

2. Of the details King has supplied the reader regarding his image in the second chapter, what does King hope the reader will primarily focus on?
(a) The other details about the animal.
(b) The possibilities of significant other numbers.
(c) The number as an object of fate.
(d) On this number and what it might mean.

3. What is the first object described in the image in the second chapter?
(a) A snake.
(b) A bird.
(c) A head.
(d) A cage.

4. How does King's mother die?
(a) She dies from an overdose.
(b) She dies of cirrhosis.
(c) She dies of uterine cancer.
(d) She dies of injuries received in a traffic accident.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?

2. How does his writing help King financially?

3. What is King's overall opinion on writing as a profession?

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

5. What type of job does King believe writing to be?

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

3. In a short paper, summarize the main points of King's life as an author.

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

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

6. What conclusions can you draw from King's comparison of writing as a career versus writing as a passion? Explain in your own words.

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

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

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

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

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