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

2. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?
(a) Forces him to stay in his room all day.
(b) Tortures King with a belt.
(c) Mistreats him and complains to his mother about his behavior.
(d) Feeds him too many eggs and then locks him in a closet.

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

4. What happens to Carrie several months later after its initial sale?
(a) The publisher sells the paperback rights.
(b) The book is made into a movie.
(c) The book is published in Spanish.
(d) The book sells its paperback rights to TNT for a television series.

5. How many specific facts are provided by King about the entire image in the second chapter?
(a) Five.
(b) Four items and their location/relation to one another.
(c) Only two: the object and a number on its back.
(d) An object, its color, and its number.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Does King believe the reader see the image in the same way as the author?

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

5. What happens to the person(s) on whom King bases Carrie while they were in high school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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