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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. When does King begin to write stories?
(a) After he finishes school.
(b) While he is in kindergarten.
(c) When he is eight or nine.
(d) During his first year of school.

2. On one of their expeditions, King and his brother meet an unexpected enemy. What is this enemy?
(a) A bear.
(b) A black and white skunk.
(c) Poison ivy.
(d) A snake.

3. When King's principal hears about King's episode with the newspaper, what does he suggest?
(a) He encourages King to quit writing.
(b) He tells him to get a job to keep him busy.
(c) He tells him to get a job with a local paper as a sports writer.
(d) He tells him to stay out of trouble in the future.

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

5. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?
(a) He describes its color.
(b) He didn't.
(c) He talks about its smell.
(d) He describes its texture.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?

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

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

4. When does King get the idea for Carrie?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In what way is the book, On Writing, to be different from King's usual work?

10. 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?

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