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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 number appears in King's image?
(a) It is not specified.
(b) The number three.
(c) The number seven.
(d) The number 24/7.

2. Where does King discover horror stories?
(a) At the local theater.
(b) At his aunt and uncle's house.
(c) In the school library.
(d) At the newsstand.

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

4. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?
(a) A monologue.
(b) An injunction.
(c) An image.
(d) A piece of advice.

5. King states that writing is a job that includes aspects that are ____.
(a) Ponderous.
(b) Drudgery.
(c) Void of meaning.
(d) Unexplainable.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does King define writing as?

2. King's early addiction soon added another one. What is it?

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

4. 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?

5. What kind of a book is On Writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. King believed that writing is telepathy. What is telepathy in the context of this statement?

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

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

8. After Tabitha King's intervention in her husband's addictions, King insisted on moving his desk. How was this symbolically important to him?

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

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

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