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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. When a writer sees an image in his/her head and writes it down, what is he accomplishing in regards to the reader?
(a) Suggesting how to understand the author's thoughts.
(b) Demonstrating his prowess as an author who should be read.
(c) Giving the image to the reader.
(d) Enticing the reader to stay alert.

2. In the chapter, C.V., King touches on the theme of the book. What is this theme?
(a) Writing as life support.
(b) Writing for money.
(c) Writing as magic.
(d) Writing as a career.

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

4. What is King's overall opinion on details in writing?
(a) Only supply the minimum.
(b) Supply all major details, but let the reader fill in the minor ones.
(c) Supply those the reader would never get on his own.
(d) Supply key details and a couple of minor ones for color.

5. What kind of a book is On Writing?
(a) A novel.
(b) A book on writing a biography.
(c) A book on writing.
(d) Part biography and part how-to.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does King discover horror stories?

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

3. What does the King brothers' newspaper contain?

4. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?

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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the chapter, On Living, King relates how he changed his view of writing after his accident. How is the accident related to King's view of writing?

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

5. In the chapter, On Writing, King states that a writer should 'write what he knows'. What ideas justify this statement?

6. Except for his mention of how the accident changed his view of writing in the chapter, On Living, King does not state how it affected his later work. What is the relationship between King's horrific accident and his other work, in your opinion? Explain in your own words.

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

8. What ideas justify the belief that fate intervened in King's life?

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

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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