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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. Why does King describe the image in the second chapter the way he does?
(a) To allow the reader to see the image in their own way.
(b) King believes the reader will see the image as he does anyway.
(c) King wants to trick the reader into seeing a different image.
(d) So that the reader creates an image different from the one King describes.

2. What animal appears in the image King describes in the second chapter?
(a) A parakeet.
(b) A turtle.
(c) A cat.
(d) A rabbit.

3. To which substance is King first addicted as a young man?
(a) Prescription pain-killers.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Alcohol.

4. Why does King miss his first year of school?
(a) Because his mother homeschools him.
(b) Because he moves too many times.
(c) Because of chronic ear and throat infections.
(d) Because of his father.

5. What kind of writing book does King say that he will be not be writing?
(a) A common writing book.
(b) A book of writing exercises.
(c) The usual book of topics followed by exercises.
(d) A textbook.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character Carrie based on?

2. Whom does King meet while in college?

3. 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?

4. How did King describe the cloth's appearance in his image?

5. What is the first chapter, C.V., about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the chapter, On Writing, King discusses symbolism and theme as elements best ignored in first drafts. What is the relationship between symbolism and theme in King's work?

3. What are some of the most important aspects of grammar that an aspiring writer should observe according to King?

4. How would you evaluate King's advice to aspiring writers in the chapters, What Writing Is, and Toolbox?

5. 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?

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

7. What evidence can you find to support King's claim that plot is less necessary than many would have the writer believe?

8. What is the second most important tool according to King?

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. In the chapter, On Writing, King says characters should be multi-dimensional. What motive is there for trying to give all characters evil, as well as good, characteristics?

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