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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 location of the first item mentioned in the image?
(a) In a chair.
(b) On a table.
(c) Over a counter.
(d) On the floor.

2. How does his writing help King financially?
(a) Often his stories would sell when they were in serious financial trouble.
(b) King's stories never made much, but every little bit helped.
(c) King's writing didn't really help financially.
(d) King's writing was a steady, but small source of income.

3. Where does King discover horror stories?
(a) At his aunt and uncle's house.
(b) In the school library.
(c) At the newsstand.
(d) At the local theater.

4. What happens to Carrie when King sends it off to the publisher?
(a) King receives a telegram saying the book needed revisions.
(b) The publisher sells it for $2500.
(c) It sells, and he receives an advance of $2500.
(d) King receives a check for $250.

5. According to King, who determines what the image in the second chapter looks like?
(a) The translator.
(b) No one.
(c) The writer.
(d) The reader.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does one of King's babysitters do to him?

3. What does King do while editor of his school paper?

4. What is the name of the second chapter of this book?

5. On one of their expeditions, King and his brother meet an unexpected enemy. What is this enemy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In what way is the chapter, What Writing Is, different from the usual book on writing?

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

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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