Fahrenheit 451 (Part 1)

what do firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451? burn books
what is written on the firemen’s helmets? 451
what is significant about # 451? temperature in which paper is burned
what are the two professional symbols that Montag wears? Salamander (arm) & Phoenix (cheast)
what does Montag say he always smells like? kerosene (type of fuel > very flammable)
who does Montag run into on his way home? Clarise (17 Year Old)
why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? they burn things instead of put things off
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? an empty bottle of sleeping pills
what is Montag’s wife’s name? Mildred
what are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? one machine gives her fresh blood / takes bad blood out of system and the other is like a snake to clean out her stomach.
where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? Clarisse’s house
explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? it makes the toast; 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? ear buds (referred to as seashells)
what did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember? a party
what kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? an interactive tv show
what does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford? a fourth wall-tv
what does Clarisse rub under her chin? why? a dandelion; if your chin is yellow it means you’re in love
what does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? why she hike around in the forest and watches butterflies
according to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? he is different because when she talks to him, he looks at her and listens but the other firemen wouldn’t do the same thing.
describe the mechanical hound: sleep but not asleep, alive but not alive (he is scared of it – carries the function of something alive, but mechanical)
what do the firemen bet on dull nights? they bet on how long it will take the hound to catch and kill the small animals.
what happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the mechanical hound? it growls and extends its needle
how did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? he grabbed the pole and it lifted him upstairs.
what is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? he thinks that somebody programmed it to react aggressively towards him.
how many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? 2 times
why has Montag never had any children? Mildred didn’t want any.
what is different about Montag’s laugh? it’s more relaxed than it did before.
explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451: teachers on film, telling the students answers, students listen, copy answers down, subject is transcript history, and students never think for themselves (busy work but not much education or analysis).
why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? because she tries to talk to people, but her topics are not the sorts of topics people like to talk about, so they don’t like her.
name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. kids her age are more violent.
what did the radio in the firehouse say? war was imminent
what happens to people that try to fool the government? get locked up in asylums
why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”? because it was a phrase from a story
what is the history of Firemen of America? they were established in 1790 to burn down English-influenced books in America.
how is the fire engine described? it is described as an orange dragon.
what was different at Mrs. Blake’s? what did Montag not like about the way things were being done? Mrs. Blake was still there in the house and she refused to leave the house. She died with her books.
what does Montag do with the book that land in his hand? he puts it under his arms.
what does Beatty say to Mrs. Blake about the books? he told him that none of the characters in the books were real, none of them agreed with each other and that they are not worth dying for.
who started the fire at Mrs. Blake’s house? Mrs. Hudson
what piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that refers back to something Mrs. Blake had said? the quote was 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 asked her where and when they first met.
what does Montag cry about? emptiness of his life
what does Montag notice about the television shows? there is no actual story to any of the TV shows.
what does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag? she said 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? his dissatisfaction 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
according to Captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do? 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? because 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? 20
what happens right before Montag and Mildred begin to read the books? they think Beatty is at the door.

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