Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide Part 1 The Hearth and the Salamander

What do the “firemen” do for a living? They burn books.
What was written on the firemen’s helmets? 451
What are two professional symbols Montag wears? Salamander and Phynix
What does Montag say he always smells like? Kerosine
Who does Montag meet on the way home? Clarise
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? They burn stuff rather then put stuff out
How do the doors work? There is a kind of glove at the side of the door that Montag puts his hand into and the door opens. It’s a hand print reader.
What is etched on Montag’s igniter? Salamander
What did Montag hit with his foot? He hit an empty pill bottle.
Who is Montag’s wife? Mildred
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? They put a snake-like machine down her throat to clean out her stomach, and another machine gives her fresh blood.
Where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? It comes from Clarisse’s house next door.
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? It makes the toast and then a hand like a spider takes the toast, puts butter on it and holds it out for Montag.
What did Mildred have in her ears? Seashells
What did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember? She doesn’t appear to remember anything, or perhaps she is just denying it.
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? An interactive TV drama.
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford Montag thinks it is too expensive, and there is no fourth wall installed.
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why? A dandelion, to see if you are in love.
What does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? Why she goes out and hikes around in the forests and watches butterflies.
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? Because when she talks, he looks at her and actually listens. The other firemen would not do that.
Describe the Mechanical Hound. It goes around smelling for books.
What do the firemen bet on on dull nights? They bet on how long it will take the hound to catch and kill small animals.
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound? It growls and extends its needle, which makes him feel threatened.
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? He grabbed hold of the pole and it automatically lifted him upstairs.
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? He thinks that someone programed it to react aggressively towards him.
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? Twice.
Why has Montag never had any children? He says Mildred never wanted any.
What is different about Montag’s laugh? It sounds much more relaxed that it did before.
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451. At school, the students are kept busy and just listen and copy down answers. School is only for indoctrinating the students; they never have to think for themselves. Subjects include sports, transcription history and painting. The ‘teacher’ is on film, telling the students answers without them asking questions.
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? She thinks it is weird because she is always trying to talk to people, but her topics are not the sort of topics people talk about anymore, so people don’t like her.
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. Violence
What did the radio in the firehouse say? It said that war was imminent.
What happens to people that try to fool the government? They get locked up in asylums.
Why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”? He read a book from the past.
What is the history of Firemen of America? The invented history is that the firemen were established in 1790 to burn English-influenced books in America.
How is the fire engine described? Orange dragon.
What was different at Mrs. Blake’s? What did Montag not like about the way things were being done? She would die with her books, she made them feel guilty
What does Montag do with the book that lands in his hand? He put it under his arm to hide it. He felt as if his hand did it by itself.
What does Beatty say to Mrs. Blake about the books? He said that the people in the books were not real and that none of the books agreed with each other. Beatty talks about what is in the books – he seems to know more about literature than the other firemen.
Who started the fire at Mrs. Hudson’s house? Mrs Hudson was holding a match and she let it drop onto the kerosene, so she started the fire herself.
What piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that refers back to something Mrs. Hudson had said? The quote was originally said by a man who was burned for what he believed
What question does Montag ask his wife when he finally talks to her? He asks her where and when they first met. Neither of them could remember.
What does Montag cry about? About the emptiness of his life.
What does Montag notice about the television shows? He realizes that there is no actual story to any of the TV shows.
What does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag? She says that Clarisse’s family has moved away because Clarisse has been killed in a traffic accident.
What did Montag imagine being outside his window? He imagined the Mechanical Hound outside his window.
What excuse is Montag trying to use to avoid going to work? Being sick.
Why does Montag not want to go to work anymore? What are some revelations he has had? His dissadisfaction about his life.
Who comes to visit Montag? Captain Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow? Books
What word became a swear word? intellectual
Why does society lower the kindergarten age year after year? Teach kids as soon as possible to ensure they are learning the right thing
According to Captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do? Beatty says that you shouldn’t give people too many choices otherwise they just worry.
What does Beatty say about firemen taking books? He says that some firemen become curious about books and take one to read.
According to Clarisse’s uncle, why did the architects get rid of front porches? Front porches were places where people used to relax, think about various things and chat to each other.
About how many books had Montag hidden in the ventilator? About 20 books.
What happens right before Montag and Mildred begin to read the books? They think Beatty is at the door.

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