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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. Why does King describe the image in the second chapter the way he does?

2. What happened when Carrie sells to a paperback publisher?

3. What is the first object described in the image in the second chapter?

4. If a reader does not see an image the same way as the writer, how has the image changed?

5. How does King state he feels about writing for money?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. One of King's babysitters was particularly cruel. How might she have affected his later writings?

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

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

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

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

10. In what ways is the rabbit on the table of symbol of King's belief in magic and telepathy? Explain in your own words.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on the book, On Writing, what is the most important item in the writer's toolbox? Why is this important? Support your argument with ideas from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What changes was King forced to make in his writing life after his accident? Did this affect the amount or quality of his work? How did it affect his feelings about his work? Explain your answer based on the book, On Writing.

Essay Topic 3

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

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