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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 the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Symbolism.
(b) Theme and plot.
(c) Writing exercises.
(d) Writing mechanics.

2. What is King's overall opinion on details in writing?
(a) Only supply the minimum.
(b) Supply all major details, but let the reader fill in the minor ones.
(c) Supply those the reader would never get on his own.
(d) Supply key details and a couple of minor ones for color.

3. What is King's overall opinion on writing as a profession?
(a) It is serious and straightforward.
(b) It is humorous.
(c) It is didactic.
(d) It is frivolous.

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

5. What does King do while editor of his school paper?
(a) He wins a national contest for the paper.
(b) He writes a satirical version of the paper.
(c) He copies other people's stories and publishes them.
(d) He creates one of the best versions of the paper ever.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a writer sees an image in his/her head and writes it down, what is he accomplishing in regards to the reader?

2. How does King obtain money from his classmates?

3. The image in the second chapter is King's way of demonstrating to the readers his idea of _____.

4. Where on the animal is something unusual attached?

5. If a reader does not see an image the same way as the writer, how has the image changed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When King asks the writer to accept 'the magic of writing, but to take it seriously', what is he saying?

4. What inferences can you make from King's statement that writing is magic? Explain in your own words.

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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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