Fahrenheit 451 Part 1

What do the firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451? 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? Kerosine
Who does Montag run into on his way home? Clarisse McClellan
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? In our society we think of firemen as heroes
How do the doors work? You put your hand into a glove hole and the door opens
What is etched on Montag’s igniter? Salamander
What did Montag hit with his foot? Crystal bottle for sleeping tablets
What is Montag’s wife’s name? Mildred
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? Machine like a snake slides into the stomach and drinks the green matter. The other machine pumps blood from the body and replaces it with fresh blood and serum.
Where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? From the house of Clarisse
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? Toast the bread, takes it out with a spidery metal hand, then drenches it in melted butter
What did Mildred have in her ears? Electronic bees
What did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember? Remembered people being over and didn’t remember taking all her pills
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? A play
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford? It’s a 3-wall television and Mildred wants the 4th wall
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why? Dandelion, because if it rubs off it means she’s in love
What does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? Why she goes out, hikes in the forest, watches birds, and collects butterflies
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? He looks at her when she talks and thinks about what she says
Describe the Mechanical Hound. Made up of brass, copper, steel, ruby glass eyes, sensitive capillary hairs in nylon-brushed nostrils, eight legs, rubber-padded paws
What do the firemen bet on dull nights? Which of the cats, chickens, or rats the mechanical hound would catch first
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound? It growled
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? He grabbed the brass pole with one hand which slid him upward
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? It doesn’t like him
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? Twice
Why has Montag never had any children? Mildred never wanted any
What is different about Montag’s laugh? It sounds more relaxed
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451. 1 hr tv class, 1 hr exercise, 1 hr transcription history or art. No questions asked, answers just given
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? She likes to talk about nature or question things with just one or a few people
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. Children kill each other
What did the radio in the firehouse say? “a war may be declared any hour. This country stands ready to defend its…”
What happens to people that try to fool the government? They get sent to an ayslum
Why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”? It could endanger him for reading even a line from a book
What is the history of Firemen of America? Established 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin
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 was there when they were. The woman may begin to scream and cry out.
What does Montag do with the book than lands in his hand? He reads a line and takes it
What does Beatty say to Mrs. Blake about the books? “The people in those books never lived. Come on now!”
Who started the fire at Mrs. Blake’s house? Mrs. Blake
What piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that refers back to something Mrs. Blake had said? The thing the woman was saying had been said by “A man named Latimer” to “a man named Nicholas Ridley, as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy” October 16, 1555
What question does Montag ask his wife when he finally talks to her? “When did we meet? And where?”
What does Montag cry about? Not crying about death
What does Montag notice about the television shows? They’re always relatives talking to Mildred
What does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag? She was run over by a car
What did Montag imagine being outside his window? The Hound
What excuse is Montag trying to use to avoid going to work? Chills and a fever
Why does Montag not want to go to work anymore? What are some revelations he has had? Because of the women they burned. They burn up thousands of books, each taking a long time to be though out, but they’re gone in minutes
Who comes to visit Montag? Captain Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow? The stolen book
What word became a swear word? Intellectual
Why does society lower the kindergarten age year after year? Because the home environment can undo what they teach in school
According to captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do? Don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him, give him one or none
What does Beatty say about firemen taking books? Every firemen gets an itch to, but you come away lost
According to Clarisse’s uncle, why did the architects get rid of front porches? “because they didn’t look well,” more likely because they didn’t want people having the wrong type of social life
About how many books had Montag hidden in the ventilator? 20 some
What happens right before Montag and Mildred begin to read the books? Millie tries to burn a book, but Montag stops her
Guy Montag Personal Characteristics Charcoal hair, soot-colored brow, bluish-ash-smeared cheeks
Mildred Montag Personal Characteristics Hair burnt by chemicals, cataracts in eyes, reddened pout lips, thin body, flesh like white bacon
Clarisse McClellan Personal Characteristics Face as bright as snow and slender, dark eyes
Captain Beatty Personal Characteristics Pink burnt face, charcoal hair, soot-colored brow, bluish-ash-smeared cheeks
Name themes and think of example for each Individuality vs. Conformity; Entertainment & Media; Technology; Knowledge vs. Ignorance; Censorship/Government Control

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