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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 one reason for reading the book, On Writing?
(a) It provides King's views on other writer's formulas for success.
(b) It provides a discussion of King's famous works.
(c) It provides inspiration.
(d) It provides a formats for writers.

2. When does King get the idea for Carrie?
(a) After watching a similar TV show.
(b) When his wife tells him a story she overheard.
(c) After reading about another girl.
(d) After taking a job at a high school.

3. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?
(a) Stories about King's early life.
(b) Stories about King's views on writing.
(c) Stories related to how King became a horror novelist.
(d) Stories from King's childhood related to how he became a writer.

4. What does King remember about his childhood with his brother Dave?
(a) Many adventures.
(b) How his brother hit him.
(c) Their pets.
(d) Always being in trouble.

5. According to King, what are two reasons to write?
(a) Writing as a passion; writing as a career.
(b) Writing for fame and glory; writing for a livelihood.
(c) Writing as a serious career; writing as a hobby.
(d) Writing as a passion; writing as a way to gain fame.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. In what manner does King say writers must always consider writing?

5. What is the location of the first item mentioned in the image?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

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