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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To which substance is King first addicted as a young man?

2. What is one reason for reading the book, On Writing?

3. In the chapter, C.V., King makes a discovery about writing. What is this discovery?

4. .What is the first specific item King states his book on writing will NOT be about?

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

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 facts or ideas show the beginnings of King's career as a master of horror?

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

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

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

6. What are some of the aspects of writing that King is not going to emphasize in the chapter, What Writing Is?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is writing as a passion different from writing as a career? What ideas in this text justify King's statement?

Essay Topic 2

King claims that in order to be a good writer, you must read. Why does King believe reading to be important to a writer? What does he say about writers who don't read? Cite reasons from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Do you think a writer can learn to 'see' and write about what he sees from images such as the one King presented of a rabbit in a cage on a table? How can writing exercises like this one lead to better writing? Explain your answer.

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