Study Guide Questions – Fahrenheit 451

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They burn houses which is ironic because originally a fireman’s mission was to put out fires.

What do the “firemen” do for a living? Why is this ironic?

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The books are compared to birds because as the books are burning, they take “flight” to that of birds/pigeons that are nuisances.
why are the books compared to birds?

Montag thinks his job is entertaining and he enjoys what he does, so in all he loves his job.
what does Montag think of his job?

He meets Clarisse McClellan, a 17 year old girl, who knows awfully a lot more than what is expected of their society.
Who does Montag meet on his way home?

This could mean that once you burn something important like books, you can’t exactly shake off the feelings after you’ve done it as it is the guilt of burning books and the houses that contain them.
During his conversations, Montag says that ” You never wash it off completely” referring to the kerosene.

What could this mean symbolically?

It is probably because Clarisse will be of more importance in the story and to show the differences in personalities of the two of them.
Why do you think that Bradbury would introduce Clarisse before Montag’s wife, Mildred?

Mildred needs help because she overdosed on sleeping pills and was completely passed out.
Why does Mildred need help when Montag gets home?

Two men hook up tubes that pump her stomach and extracts the pills as well as pumps new blood.
Describe the help that she recieves.

They are very impersonal about the ordeal. The men say this happens often and that the two aren’t necessarily doctors but just operators.

Is there anything unusual about the way the two men go about helping Mildred? How is it unusual?

In Montag’s house, Mildred and Guy hardly ever talk or communicate in any way. Mildred is always in the “parlor” and Guy is often at work. At Clarisse’s house, she and her family often talk and discuss things.
How is life in Montag’s house very different from that of Clarisse’s house?

Mildred doesn’t remember what had happened and feels as if she is having a hangover.

How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night’s experience?

Mildred watches TV or listens to her music from her earpieces (seashells).
What does Mildred do all day?

There are four walls with a TV except for one that is just a plain wall.
Describe the setup of Montag’s TV room?

Clarisse is different from Mildred because she has thoughts about the world for what it really is unlike Mildred who doesn’t really care.
How is Clarisse different than Mildred?

The mechanical hound is an eight-legged spider/dog and its purpose is to track down and find people who find books that is trained like an assassin.

What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?

The hound doesn’t like Montag and acts coldly toward Montag.
What is the hound’s reaction to Montag?

Society considers Clarisse “anti-social” because she thinks differently and doesn’t speak of the “normal” things in their society.
Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?

Montag takes the books and hides them.
At the next fire, what does Montag take?

Beatty knows information that is contained in books, indicating he has probably read books before.
On page 40, Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge.

What is it?

Mildred uses earpieces/seashells.
What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep?

Her “family” are the people at the parlor.
Who is Mildred’s “family?”

She was hit by a car and killed.
What has happened to Clarisse? How did it happen?

Mildred didn’t show much remorse over the death of Clarisse and it was as if she was content with the death.

What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse?

a. He said that knowledge is slowly being lost because school is shortened and discipline is relaxed because people are worrying less.b.

He said that the bigger the population, the more minorities which he says that most people don’t want to offend other from different races and etc.c. He also said that if someone doesn’t like a particular book, that they burn it which means if someone doesn’t like it, they just get rid of it.

Read pages 55-62 very carefully.

They contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world.

Fahrenheit symbolizes that at 451 degrees is when paper burns.
What is Fahrenheit 451?

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