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

2. What is the name of the second chapter of this book?

3. How does King describe the image discussed in chapter two?

4. How does King obtain money from his classmates?

5. What kind of a book is On Writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. King believed that writing is telepathy. What is telepathy in the context of this statement?

3. 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?

4. How would you categorize King's decision to return to work after his accident?

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

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

7. In what way is the book, On Writing, to be different from King's usual work?

8. Explain the significance of King's statement that a good writer can become an excellent writer, but a bad writer will always be a bad writer according to King in On Writing.

9. Explain King's beliefs on vocabulary.

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

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

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 believes that certain preparations are unnecessary and even harmful to aspiring writers. He mentions creative writing courses and writers' retreats. What does he have to say about these two options for writers? Explain using your own words.

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