English 2 Acc: Fahrenheit 451

Identify Guy Montag and describe his job. Guy Montag is a fireman, a person who finds books and burns them.
Describe Clarisse McClellan. She is an unusual person, a seventeen year old girl who liked to think and talk. She is labeled as antisocial.
What smelled like perfume to Montag? The kerosene smelled like perfume to him.
Clarisse asked Montag if he was happy. Was he? No, no he was not.
Who is Mildred, and what happened to her? Mildred is Montag’s wife. She had taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Her stomach and blood had to be pumped clean.
Why did Emergency Hospital send technicians instead of doctors to treat Mildred? Suicide by this method was so common that technician-operated machines were developed to treat the patient.
What are parlor-walls? They are a kind of surround-television with which the audience can interact. (The Family, Relative) [Filled with violent nonsense] {Always on}
Describe the mechanical hound. It is a robot type of dog with eight legs, equipped with a steel needle, and programmed through the chemical balance of a person or thing to hunt and kill.
What did Montag believe had been done to the hound? He believed that a fireman programmed the hound with a partial bit of his chemical balance to act against him, but not quite kill him.
Why was Clarisse considered anti-social? She was part of the old society where talking and thinking were appreciated.
Who gave Clarisse most of her information about the way life used to be? Her uncle did.
Who was Captain Beatty? He was Montag’s boss at the firehouse. He is very literate and well read and knows and can recite books.
How did the firemen know which houses had books? Neighbors, friends, and family members became informants and telephoned the information to the firemen.
What lie did Captain Beatty tell Montag? He told Montag that firemen had never been used to prevent fires, only to start them, and that Benjamin Franklin was the first fireman.
What did Montag do in the old lady’s attic? He took a book.
Why were the alarms to burn always at night? The fires were prettier to watch and provided more of a show at night.
Why did the old woman light the match and commit suicide? She felt like life was not worth living without her books.
What happened to Clarisse? Was it an accident? A car hit her. The elimination of Clarisse was a part of the on-going operation of destroying the old society.
What was Montag afraid Captain Beatty would discover when he came to visit? He was afraid the captain would find the book he had taken from the old woman’s attic.
Why did Captain Beatty believe books should be destroyed? He thought that they put upsetting thoughts in people’s minds and kept them from being happy and satisfied. They contradict themselves.
What did Montag show Mildred after the captain had left the house? He showed her the books he had been stealing and hiding in the ventilator grill in his house.
Who was Faber? He was a retired English professor Montag had met in the park.
Why did Montag go to see Faber? He needed a duplicate copy of the stolen book before he returned the original to Captain Beatty.
What three elements did Faber feel were missing from life? He thought quality and texture of information, leisure time to think, and the right to carry out actions based on the other two items were missing.
What plan did Montag and Faber devise? They were going to plant books in firemen’s homes and turn in alarms on the firemen. This was to cast suspicion on all firemen.
What was Montag willing to do to convince Faber to help carry out the plan? He would destroy his book, page by page until Faber would cooperate.
What had Faber designed that allowed him to be in constant contact with Montag? They had designed an electronic radio transmitter that could be placed in the ear. (The “Green Bullet”)
Why did Faber decide to go to St. Louis? He wanted to enlist the help of an unemployed printer to begin making copies of books.
Why did Montag burn the book of poetry in the wall incinerator in his home? He had made a mistake by showing Mildred’s friends that he had a book. Faber gave him orders through the radio transmitter to burn the book, to convince the ladies that he was playing a joke on them. KNOW REACTIONS OF BOTH LADIES.
Where did Montag hide his books after the ladies left? He hid the books in his back yard.
What was the destination of the alarm on the night Montag returned to work at the firehouse? The alarm destination was Montag’s home.
Who was the informant on Montag’s home? Mildred’s friends called in the first alarm, but Mildred called in the final alarm herself.
Why did Montag kill Captain Beatty? Captain Beatty was aware that Montag was wearing a radio transmitter, and he was determined to find out who was on the other end.
Why didn’t Montag run away before he killed Captain Beatty? He knew that the mechanical hound was in the neighborhood and would kill him.
Where did Montag go after he killed Beatty? He goes to the garden to get his books, and then to Mr. and Mrs. Black’s house to plant books, and then he goes to Faber’s house.
When Montag left Faber’s house, which direction did he go? He headed for the river and the railroads.
Why did Montag take whiskey, a suitcase, and some of Faber’s dirty clothes with him? He needed some strong-smelling things to throw the hound off of his own scent.
What did the railroad tracks mean to Montag? They were his path to follow to safety in the countryside. They meant freedom and a new start to him.
What was different about the fire Montag saw after leaving the river? This fire was giving warmth and comfort, not destroying things.
During the manhunt for Montag by the hound, why did the camera identify an innocent man as Montag? The firemen needed a neat ending to the day’s events. It was more important to have a dead body than to have the right person. It wouldn’t do for the criminal to have outwitted the government and to have escaped; that would make the government look bad.
What was different about the hobos Montag met? Why did each man identify himself as a famous author or piece of literature? These men were all intellectuals and each had memorized a piece of literature to be written down at a later time.
What had Montag been able to memorize? He memorized the Book of Ecclesiastes and a little of Revelation.
What happened to the city during the war? The city and its inhabitants were destroyed.
What did Montag and the intellectuals believe their mission to be once the war ended? They wanted to learn from previous mistakes and always to remember.

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