Introduction to Fahrenheit 451

Write two surface level, knowledge and comprehension questions and answers. Make sure you include evidence with page numbers in your answers.

  • Who is Montag? What does he do for a living? Ans: Pg. 2, and 4. Montag is the main character of the novel. He is a fireman.
  • Who does Guy Montag meet on his way back from the fire station? What terms do they use to describe themselves? Ans: Clarisse McCellan, “17 and crazy.”
  • Is ignorance truly bliss? How long has it taken (in the story) to break down every member of society? Ans: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” ~ James Madison

Write two application, analysis and synthesis level questions and answers. Make sure you include evidence with page numbers in your answers.

  • How have Clarisse and Mildred been influenced by the dystopian society they live in?
  • Explain the duel-meaning that fire has in the book.
  • How is the experiences of Montag similar to that of Offred in The Handmaids Tale?

Find two quotes that you think are important, insightful, revealing, interesting or create a question in your mind, and explain as best you can. Record the page number, part of the quote and its relevance.

  • “It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it’s wine when it’s not.” Clarisse- page 27
  • “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal. . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door.” Beatty- page 28

How does Montag’s story fit the literary model of the Heroic Journey? Provide evidence and page numbers.

  • Guy Montag, one of the firemen, meets a seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan who causes him to question society and become increasingly dissatisfied with his life. This drives him to steal books, leading him on a classic hero’s journey which ends in hope of a rebuilt, more meaningful civilization.

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