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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) When he is eight or nine.
(c) While he is in kindergarten.
(d) During his first year of school.

2. What type of job does King believe writing to be?
(a) A joyous one.
(b) One requiring hard work.
(c) A serious one.
(d) One of drudgery.

3. In the chapter, C.V., King touches on the theme of the book. What is this theme?
(a) Writing as magic.
(b) Writing as a career.
(c) Writing for money.
(d) Writing as life support.

4. What does King suggest that readers who do not take writing seriously do?
(a) Study the book more carefully.
(b) Stop reading the book.
(c) Ignore his advice completely.
(d) Read the book, but ignore the advice that conflicts with the reader's beliefs.

5. What kind of stories does King particularly enjoy?
(a) Mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
(b) Humorous stories by Mark Twain.
(c) Stories by O. Henry.
(d) Horror stories by Edgar Allen Poe.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?

2. When does King get the idea for Carrie?

3. King states that writing is a job that includes aspects that are ____.

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

5. According to King, what is the second condition that, if readers cannot accept, should be a reason to stop reading his book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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