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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) On a table.
(b) Over a counter.
(c) In a chair.
(d) On the floor.

2. When does King begin to write stories?
(a) While he is in kindergarten.
(b) When he is eight or nine.
(c) During his first year of school.
(d) After he finishes school.

3. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?
(a) An image.
(b) An injunction.
(c) A monologue.
(d) A piece of advice.

4. Why does King throw the story Carrie in the trash can?
(a) Because he is too busy to continue.
(b) Because he doesn't like the main character Carrie.
(c) Because his wife hates the story.
(d) Because he feels he doesn't know enough about the events that went on in a girl's locker room.

5. What number appears in King's image?
(a) The number 24/7.
(b) The number seven.
(c) It is not specified.
(d) The number three.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the unusual item attached to the animal?

2. Where does King discover horror stories?

3. King's early addiction soon added another one. What is it?

4. King states that writing is a job that includes aspects that are ____.

5. What is King's overall opinion on writing as a profession?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What conclusions can you draw from King's comparison of writing as a career versus writing as a passion? Explain in your own words.

3. How would some of King's other beliefs about writing increase a reader's pleasure? Explain in your own words.

4. In the chapter, On Living, King explains that the writing of the book ,On Writing, coincided with King's accident. What inference can you make from the fact that the writing of much this book took place during his recuperation?

5. What conclusions can you draw from King's accident about his productivity?

6. In the chapter, On Writing, King says a writer can improve his work by reading. How does the advice given by King 'to read' improve a writer's work?

7. Both with vocabulary and 'above all else' King emphasizes honesty. Explain 'honesty' according to King and in your own words.

8. 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?

9. Based on the chapters, C.V., and What Writing Is, what ideas justify King's statement that writing is a serious job?

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

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