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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. If a reader does not see an image the same way as the writer, how has the image changed?
(a) As the reader reads about it, the details change.
(b) The image doesn't change. It is the same image.
(c) The image becomes more elaborated.
(d) The creative process changes the image to fit the story.

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

3. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?
(a) Because his wife hates the story.
(b) Because he is too busy to continue.
(c) Because he doesn't like the main character Carrie.
(d) Because he feels he doesn't know enough about the events that went on in a girl's locker room.

4. When does King get the idea for Carrie?
(a) After reading about another girl.
(b) When his wife tells him a story she overheard.
(c) After watching a similar TV show.
(d) After taking a job at a high school.

5. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?
(a) A newspaper reporter.
(b) A high school English teacher.
(c) A worker in a laundry.
(d) A night janitor for his wife's office.

Short Answer Questions

1. .What is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?

2. How does his writing help King financially?

3. What is the first object described in the image in the second chapter?

4. When does King begin to submit stories to magazines?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are some of the things King remembers from his childhood? How might they have affected his writing?

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

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