Fahrenheit 451

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STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS FOR FAHRENHEIT 451 As you read each section of the novel, answer briefly the following questions.
Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander (pages 1-65)
1. What do the "firemen" do for a living?
In our world, firemen fight fires. In “Fahrenheit 451, “the firemen burns books. They do this to fight ideas and to keep their society safe from disruptive influences.
2. What is never washed off completely?
In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag says that “you never wash it off completely,” referring to the kerosene. (Page 4)
3. According to pages 1-2, what does Montag think of his job?
Montag loves his job! The first words of the chapter say that it was a “pleasure to burn.” He loved to see things “eaten” and to see
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10. How is life in Montag 's house very different from that of Clarisse 's house? 11. How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night 's experience?
12. What does Mildred do all day?
13. Describe the setup of Montag 's TV room.
14. What is Clarisse doing when Montag sees her on page 19?
15. How is Clarisse different than Mildred?
16. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
17. What is the hound 's reaction to Montag?
18. Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social” (page 26-27)? 19. What are the five rules for firemen?
20. At the fire, how does the old woman choose to end her life? 21. Why do the firemen do their job at night? (page 36)
22. What is the significance of “Mister Ridley” and what do we learn about Beatty in this exchange? (page 37-38)
23. What does Montag take and where does he stash it? 24. What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep? 25. Who is Mildred 's "family"? (page 41-43)
26. What has happened to Clarisse? How did it happen? 27. What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse? 28. What does Mildred look like according to Montag? (page 45-46)
29. What does Beatty say happened to books and learning that led to the present censorship and book-burning? (page 51-52)
30. Why is Montag so upset with Mildred while Beatty is speaking?
31. What does Beatty say are the three things that led to the current state of the world? (page 55)
32. Beatty says that

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