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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 creative process changes the image to fit the story.
(c) The image becomes more elaborated.
(d) The image doesn't change. It is the same image.

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

3. What is the second specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?
(a) Voice.
(b) Grammar.
(c) Vocabulary.
(d) Diction.

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

5. Of the details King has supplied the reader regarding his image in the second chapter, what does King hope the reader will primarily focus on?
(a) On this number and what it might mean.
(b) The number as an object of fate.
(c) The possibilities of significant other numbers.
(d) The other details about the animal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the cloth mentioned in King's image located within the image?

2. What happens with the electromagnet experiment?

3. What is one of King's last jobs before becoming a full-time writer?

4. What is the first thing King requests in the second chapter that his readers accept about writing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

8. Why does King want his readers to put his book down if they are unable to accept that writing is magic?

9. How did King begin his career as a writer?

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

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