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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. According to King, what is the second condition that, if readers cannot accept, should be a reason to stop reading his book?

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

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

4. What does the second chapter open with King presenting to the reader?

5. When does King get the idea for Carrie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. After Tabitha King's intervention in her husband's addictions, King insisted on moving his desk. How was this symbolically important to him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

King discusses several reasons for allowing others to read a book after the first draft and before the second draft. What are these reasons and why would they be valuable to the author? Answer based on King's opinion citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

King states that good writers can improve, but bad writers will never be good writers.How can good writers improve? Why won't bad writers improve? Cite reasons from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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