Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide

Describe Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse McClellan is a young girl who walks with Montag to the corner of the street. She is called anti-social and doesn’t attend school
Identify Guy Montag and describe his job. Guy Montag is a fireman, but his job isn’t to put out fires, it’s to set fire to books.
What smelled like perfume to Montag? Kerosene
Clarisse asked Montag if he was happy. Was he? No, Montag was not truly happy
Who is Mildred, and what happened to her? Mildred was Montag’s wife, she attempted suicide, by taking too many sleeping pills
Why did Emergency Hospital send technicians instead of doctors to treat Mildred? this kind of thing happened so often that they had it down to a science and a machine could complete the procedure
What are parlor-walls? whole wall TVs that allow you to interact with the people on the TV. Montag and Mildred have 3
Describe the mechanical hound. The mechanical hound is a robot dog that hates Montag with a burning passion
What did Montag believe had been done to the hound? He believes it has been programmed to kill/hate him
Why was Clarisse considered anti-social? Clarisse likes to talk to people instead of play sports and activities
Who gave Clarisse most of her information about the way life used to be? her uncle
What Information does Clarisse share about the way life used to be? she tells Montag about how firemen would put out fires instead of start them
Who was Captain Beatty? Another one of the Firemen. Montag’s boss.
How did the firemen know which houses had books? An alarm went off in the firehouse. Most ofter, neighbors turned each other in
What lie did Beatty tell Montag? “Any man is insane who thinks he can fool the government and us.”
What did Montag do in the ol lady’s attic? Montag takes a book
Why were the alarms always to burn at night? They looked prettier at night
Why did the old woman light the match and commit suicide? She couldn’t bare to live without her books
What happened to Clarisse? Was it an accident? She was hit by a car. Yes it was an accident
What was Montag afraid Beatty would discover when he came to visit? The many books he had hidden
Why did Beatty believe books should be destroyed He thinks they should be burned because everyone should be the same. People don’t need to think for themselves
What did Montag show Mildred after the captain had left the house? What is her reaction? Montag shows her his collection of books he hid in the closet
What do the hearth and the salamander represent is Part One? the hearth and the salamander both represent fire in the novel
Who was Faber? Faber was an old English professor who was an ally of Montag
Why did Montag go to see Faber? Montag went to see Faber because he wants to devise a plan to bring books back.
What three elements did Faber feel were missing from life? Faber thinks that “quality information, the leisure to digest it and the freedom to act on what they learn
What plan do Montag and Faber devise? The plan they devise is to plant books in the homes of other firemen so that the firemen will get arreated and there will be no one to enforce the anti-book laws
What was Montag willing to do to convince Faber to help carry out his plan? Montag starts to rip the Bible
What had Faber designed that allowed him to be in constant contact with Montag Faber made a seashell devise to put in Montag’s ear so that the two of them could be in constant contact
Why did Faber decide to go to St. Louis? To meet an old printer
Why did Montag burn the book of poetry in the wall incinerator in his home? Faber told him to do this to show Mildred’s friends he was playing a trick on them
Where did Montag hide his books after the ladies left? In the bushes outside his house
What was the destination of the alarm the night Montag returned to work at the firehouse? Montag’s house
What is the symbolism behind a sieve and sand in Part Two? it symbolizes a memory Montag has of his childhood when he was putting sand in a sieve. this is symbolic because of when Montag was trying to memorize passages in the bible but a toothpaste ad kept playing thus making it difficult for him to retain the information. The sieve symbolizes the toothpaste ad and the sand symbolizes the knowledge that Montag is trying to retain.
Who was the informant on Montag’s home? Both Mildred and her friends
Why did Montag kill Captain Beatty? Montag killed Beatty because Beatty was going to kill Montag and burn Faber’s house
What didn’t Montag run away after he killed Beatty? Montag knew the Mechanical Hound would catch him if he did run away
Where did Montag go after he killed Beatty? To Faber’s house
When Montag left Faber’s house, which direction did he go? In the direction of the river and railroad line
Why did Montag take whiskey, a suitcase, and some of Faber’s dirty clothes with him? Montag took these items to hide his own scent. Also no one would expect him to be dressed like that
What did the railroad tracks mean to Montag? To Montag, they reminded him of Clarisse. He imagined that she once walk along the same tracks
What was different about the fire Montag saw after leaving the river? The fire Montag saw after leaving the river is different that the other fires he has seen before. This fire meant to warm. It’s being CONSTRUCTIVE not DESTRUCTIVE.
During the manhunt for Montag by hound, why did the camera identify an innocent man as Montag? The hound had lost track of Montag’s scent. The government wanted to keep peace
What was different about the hobos Montag met? Why did each man identify himself as a famous author or work of literature? The men Montag met identified themselves in this way because they had memorized that work or something be that author.
What had Montag been able to memorize? Montag had memorized part of Revelation and part of Ecclesiastes
What happened to the city during the war? The city had been demolished
What did Montag and the intellectuals believe their mission to be once the war ended? Tehy believed their job was to learn from previous mistakes and always remember.
Why is this section titled “Burning Bright”? Because Montag “burns bright” when he starts his new life with the men and when he sees a better future for society.

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