The Hearth and The Salamander – Questions

What do firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451? They burn books
What is written on the firemen’s helmets? 451
What are the two professional symbols that Montag wears? Salamander and Phoenix disc
What does Montag say he always smells like? Kerosene
Who does Montag run into on his way home? Clarisse
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? Firemen are supposed to put out fire instead of starting them
How do the doors work? Hand glove scanners
What is etched on Montag’s igniter? Salamander
What did Montag hit with his foot? Empty pill bottle
What is Montag’s wife’s name? Mildred
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? Snake-like machine that cleans out her stomach, blood replacer
Where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? Clarisse’s house
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? It makes toast, butters, 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 thought there was a party, she denied everything that happened.
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? An interactive TV program
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford? A fourth wall
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why? Dandelion to see if she is in love
What does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? Why she goes to forests and catches butterflies
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? He listens to what she says
Describe the Mechanical Hound. It smells books
What do the firemen bet on dull nights? How many small animals the Hound can kill
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound? It growls and tried to attack him
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? He went up the pole
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? He thinks someone programmed it to attack him
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? Twice
Why has Montag never had any children? Mildred did not want any
What is different about Montag’s laugh? It’s more relaxed than before
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451. Teachers tell students answers, they don’t learn
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? She talks non-stop, but the topics she talks about are not ones people want to talk about anymore
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. Violence
What did the radio in the firehouse say? War could be declared any minute
What happens to people that try to fool the government? They get sent to an asylum
Why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”? It implies that he has read a book
What is the history of Firemen of America? Benjamin Franklin was the first fireman, they’ve always burned books
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? Mrs. Blake would die with her books
What does Montag do with the book that lands in his hand? He keeps it, hides it under his coat
What does Beatty say to Mrs. Blake about the books? The books don’t agree with each other, the people in the books were not real
Who started the fire at Mrs. Blake’s house? Herself
What piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that refers back to something Mrs. Blake had said? He quotes someone who was burned in Oxford in 1555
What question does Montag ask his wife when he finally talks to her? When and where they first met.
What does Montag cry about? His life is empty, he wouldn’t care if his wife died
What does Montag notice about the television shows? There is no actual story
What does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag? She died in a car accident four days earlier
What did Montag imagine being outside his window? The Hound
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? Burning books is pointless
Who comes to visit Montag? Captain Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow? A book
What word became a swear word? Intellectual
Why does society lower the kindergarten age year after year? They want to teach kids the right things early on in life
According to Captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do? You don’t give them many choices
What does Beatty say about firemen taking books? Firemen want to see what they’re burning so they sometimes take books
According to Clarisse’s uncle, why did the architects get rid of front porches? Front porches were places where ideas were made, the government didn’t want people forming their own ideas
About how many books had Montag hidden in the ventilator? About 20
What happens right before Montag and Mildred begin to read the books? They think Beatty is at the door

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