Fahrenheit 451

Who is the author of this novel? Ray Bradbury
Who is Guy Montag? He is a fireman
Descibe Guy’s job He finds books and burns them
Describe Clarisse McClellan She is a young girl who likes to think and talk
What smelled like perfume to Montag? Kerosene
Clarisse asked Montag a question. His reply was, “No.” What was the question? Was he happy?
Who is Mildred? She is Montag’s wife
What happened to her? She had an overdose of sleeping pills and had to have her stomach and blood pumped clean
Why did Emergency Hospital send technicians instead of a doctor to treat the patient? That kind of medical procedure was so common that technician-operated machines had been developed to treat the patient
What were parlor walls? They were a kind of surround television with which the audience could interact
There was a robotic animal equipped with a steel needle, and programmed to hunt and kill. What kind of animal was it? It was a hound
What did Montag believe had been done to the animal? It had been programmed to act against Montag
Clarisse was part of the old society where talking and thnking were appreciated. How was this viewed by others? She was considered anti-social
Where did Clarisse get most of her information about the way life used to be? Her uncle told her
Who was Captain Beatty? He was Montag’s boss at work
How did the firemen know which houses had books? Neighbors, family members, and friends became informants and telephoned the authorities
What lie did Captain Beatty tell Montag? He told Montag that firemen had never been used to prevent fires, only to start them
What did Montag do in the old lady’s attic? He took a book?
The firemen wanted to provide as much of a show as possible. How did they do this? They had the fires at night when they looked prettier
What did the old woman do? She lit the match and then committed suicide
What happened to Clarisse? She was hit by a car
What was Montag afraid would happen when the Captain came to visit? He was afraid the Captain would find the book he had stolen from the old lady
What did Captain Beatty believe? He believed that books put upsetting thoughts in people’s minds and kept them from being happy and satisfied
What did Montag do after the captain had left his house? He showed Mildred the books he had been stealing and hiding
Who was Faber? He was a retired English professor
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? Quality and texture of information, Leisure time to think, The right to carry out actions based on the other two items
What plan did Montag and Faber devise? They were going to plant books in firemen’s houses 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? He had designed an electronic radio transmitter which could be placed in his ear
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 been told to do so by Faber, through the transmitter, to show the ladies he was playing a joke on them
Where did Montag hide his books after the ladies left? He hid them in his backyard
What was the destination of the alarm on the night Montag returned to work at the firehouse? The destination was Montag’s home
Who was the final informant on Montag’s home? Mildred
Why did Montag kill Captain Beatty? 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 the mechanical hound was in the neighborhood and would kill him
Where did Montag go after he killed Beatty? Faber’s house
When Montag left Faber’s house, which direction did he go? He headed for the river
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 dog off his scent
Montag identified something he saw in his travels as a path to safety. What was it? It was the railroad tracks
What was different about the fire Montag saw after leaving the river? It was giviong warmth and comfort, not destroying things
During the manhut for Montag by the hound, why did the camera identify an innocent man as Montag? The firemen needed to look good, and put a neat ending on the day’s work
What was different about the hobos Montag met? They were all intellectuals
How were these men preserving literature? Each man had memorized a piece of literature to be written down at a later time
What literature did Montag preserve? The Book of Ecclesiastes
What happened during the war? The city and its inhabitants were destroyed
What did Montag and the intellectuals believe their mission to be once the war was ended? They wanted to learn from previous mistakes, and always to remember

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