Fahrenheit 451: Part 3 Study Guide

What hint does Captain Beatty say he sent to Montag that he must have not picked up on? the hound
What does Mildred have in her hand when she walks out of the house? a suitcase
What does Montag suspect Mildred of doing? she called the fire department
What does Beatty say is the real beauty of fire? it destroys responsibility and consequences
Instead of using kerosene, Captain Beatty wants Montag to use what to burn down his house? a flame thrower
On pg. 117, what does Montag compare the burning books to? leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings in flames with red and yellow feathers
What does Beatty say to Montag as he is finishing burning the house? he’s under arrest
Who called in the alarm? Montag’s wife, but her friends called one in earlier that Beatty let slide
What did Beatty do to Montag? hit him
What happened to the “green bullet” radio that Faber gave to Montag? it fell on the sidewalk and Beatty took it
What does Beatty say he will do with the radio? they’ll trace it and put it on Faber
What did Montag do to Beatty? What does he say to him before he does it? picked up the flame thrower and held it towards Beatty.”We never burned right….”
What was the reaction of the other two firemen? they did not move
Explain Montag’s dealing with the Hound. What happens? hit him with a flame thrower
What happens to Montag as a result of his interaction with the Hound? his knee gets hit by a car
Why was Montag having a hard time getting away? he was afraid to get up
What does Montag find in his old garden? books
Montag thinks to himself that Captain Beatty probably wanted to do what? he wanted die
Why is Montag having a difficult time getting up? he was crying since he murdered Beatty
What does Montag hear in the Seashell on pg. 124? “…watch for a man running…watch for the running man…watch for a man alone, on foot…watch…”
To where does Montag realize he is running? Faber’s house
Why was Montag having such a difficult time getting across the street? Who almost hit Montag with the car? the lanes were wide; a car full of teenagers
After Montag makes it across the street, from whom does he hide? from the teenagers in the car
What does Montag do to the Black family and their house? hid books in the kitchen and called the alarm
What does Faber say there are a lot of along the railroad tracks? “Harvard degrees”
Where does Faber say he is going? Why is he going there? he’s taking the bus to St. Louis to visit a retired printer that he knows there
When Faber and Montag turn on the TV at Faber’s house, what is being broadcast? What has been brought from a different district to track down Montag? “Guy Montag. Still running. Police helicopters are up. A new Mechanical Hound has been brought from another district–“
Why does Montag tell Faber to burn the bed spread and the chair? the Hound tracks people by scent
Why doesn’t Faber give Montag another “green bullet”? What does Montag ask Faber for at the last minute? Why does he want this? Faber doesn’t have another one.”A suitcase, get it, fill it with your dirtiest clothes, an old suit, the dirtier the better, a shirt, some old sneakers and socks….”
What does Montag watch on the parlor walls as he runs away? the Hound chasing him
What do the police suggest everyone do at the same time? “Everyone in every house in every street open a front or rear door or look from the windows.”
What did Montag do when he got to the river? He changed into Faber’s old clothes and threw his own clothes into the river to try to disguise his scent and hide himself from the Hound.
“Because the _________ wouldn’t stop burning, Montag would.” Sun
What does this quote mean? Explain Montag’s train of thought.”Because the Sun wouldn’t stop burning, Montag would.” As Montag is drifting down the river thoughts rush through his mind. He thinks about the sun and the way that it rises and sets every day. The days of our lives disappear and it’s as if they are eaten up by the sun as it rises and sets. He realizes that if the firemen burned things and the sun burns time, then that means everything is gone. He decides then that he will never burn things again.
What does Montag think of when he smells the hay? He is reminded of an idyllic trip to the countryside when he was a boy.
What did Montag think was looking at him? the Hound
What was it that was looking at him? Montag is still paranoid and terrified of being caught by the Hound, but it’s only a deer that’s just as scared as him and runs away.
How is the deer a good contrast to the Hound? The Hound is artificial and destructive. The deer is natural and gentle.
What did Montag hit with his foot? He wanders through the woods and finally hits the railroad.
What was the single fact that Montag could not prove? He is convinced Clarisse has been there, although he has no evidence for it.
What does Montag see? a fire through the trees
How is the fire that Montag sees, different from the kind of fire he is used to? This fire is warming, and welcoming. Montag has only ever seen fire as destructive.
What do the men offer Montag? coffee in a collapsible tin cup
What is the name of the man that is talking to Montag? Granger
What is the colorless fluid in the small bottle supposed to do? It is a chemical that changes the chemical index perspiration. It’ll take his scent away, and make him smell like two other people so the Hound won’t find him.
Why is the chase still going on if they have lost Montag? Montag through his clothes in the river and police know that but they can’t have the public knowing that, but they can only hold on for so long.In this world, the authorities control society tightly. If people thought they were stupid or incompetent, they wouldn’t be able to control the public so well. Once they started the chase, they must appear to catch him or it would send the message to everyone that the police aren’t infallible, so they continue the chase until the catch “Montag”
What does Montag see in the portable viewer? the chase being filmed from a police helicopter
How was it possible that not even Montag’s friends would recognize that the man they caught wasn’t him? They didn’t show the person’s face so that people would not know that it wasn’t Montag.
Where is Montag keeping the Book of Ecclesiates? in his head
Describe the group of men that Montag is with–what type of people are they? there all geniuses
Explain how Granger describes their “organization”. What is it that these men “do” now? “We’re book burners, too. We read the books and burnt them, afraid they’d be found. Microfilming didn’t pay off; we were always travelling, we didn’t want to bury the film and come back later. Always the chance of discovery. Better to keep it in the old heads, where no one can see it or suspect it. We are all bits and pieces of history and literature and international law, Byron, Tom Paine, Machiavelli or Christ, it’s here.”
What is Granger’s answer to Montag’s question, “Why do you trust me?” “The look of you’s enough. You haven’t seen yourself in a mirror lately. Beyond that, the city has never cared so much about us to bother with an elaborate chase like this to find us. A few crackpots with verses in their heads can’t touch them, and they know it and we know it; everyone knows it. So long as the vast population doesn’t wander about quoting the Magna Carta and the Constitution, it’s all right. The firemen were enough to check that, now and then. No, the cities don’t bother us. And you look like hell.”
How does Montag feel about Mildred still being in the city? He feels sad. It’s interesting that Montag still has some feelings for Mildred.
What does Montag see happening in the city? Bombers flying over the city and drop at least one enormous nuclear bomb on the city, destroying it completely. The city is literally reduced to dust.
What other book does Montag realize he has remembered? the Bible
What does Granger compare man to? a Phoenix
What kind of factory does Granger say they are going to build? “Come on now, we’re going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them.”
Granger said that they’re going to build a mirror factory first and place nothing but mirrors out and everybody take a long look in them. What does this mean? Why would they build this He suggested that this would be the first thing they do to rebuild a society because that was the biggest problem in Montag’s society. People stopped looking at who they really were and just became whoever and whatever the society dictated. Firemen were firemen by virtue of their looks. Any man born fitting the physical description of a fireman were firemen, no questions asked. By creating mirrors, a society can decide for themselves who they are and what they want to become. They can decide things for themselves rather than allowing the government to decide for them. Knowing who you are as a person is important to societies in general because it allows for diversity and it also makes it difficult for a government to gain total control.

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