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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. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?
(a) The writer.
(b) The reader.
(c) No one.
(d) The translator.

2. How does his writing help King financially?
(a) Often his stories would sell when they were in serious financial trouble.
(b) King's writing didn't really help financially.
(c) King's writing was a steady, but small source of income.
(d) King's stories never made much, but every little bit helped.

3. Whom does King meet while in college?
(a) His writing mentor.
(b) His future wife.
(c) His future publisher.
(d) His future agent.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does King get a job to help pay for college?

3. Where does King discover horror stories?

4. 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?

5. What does King suggest that readers who do not take writing seriously do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence can you find about King's feelings on Strunk and White's Elements of Style?

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

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

4. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

6. 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?

7. King stated aspiring writers should not use speaker attributes other than said. What are speaker attributes and why would King warn against using them?

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

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

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

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