Fahrenheit 451 Part I:

1. Identify Guy Montag and describe his job. Guy Montag is a fireman, a person who finds books and burns them.
Describe Clarisse McClellan. She is an unusual person, a young girl who liked to think and talk
What smelled like perfume to Montag? The kerosine smelled like perfume to him.
Clarisse asked Montag if he was happy. Was he? No, he was not.
Who is Mildred, and what happened to her? Mildred is Montag’s wife. She had taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Her stomach andblood had to be pumped clean.
Why did Emergency Hospital send technicians instead of doctors to treat Mildred? Suicide by this method was so common that technician-operated machines weredeveloped to treat the patient.
What are parlor-walls? They are a kind of surround-television with which the audience can interact.
Describe the mechanical hound. It is a robot type of dog, equipped with a steel needle, and programmed to hunt and kill.
What did Montag believe had been done to the hound? He believed that the hound’s memory had been programmed to act against him.
Why was Clarisse considered anti-social? She was part of the old society where talking and thinking were appreciated.
Who gave Clarisse most of her information about the way life used to be? Her uncle
Who was Captain Beatty? He was Montag’s boss at the firehouse.
How did the firemen know which houses had books? Neighbors, friends and family members became informants and telephoned theinformation to the firemen.
What lie did Captain Beatty tell Montag? He told Montag that firemen had never been used to prevent fires, only to start them.
What did Montag do in the old lady’s attic? He took a book.
Why were the alarms to burn always at night? The fires were prettier to watch and provided more of a show at night.
6. Why did the old woman light the match and commit suicide? She felt like life was not worth living without her books.
What happened to Clarisse? Was it an accident? She was hit by a car. The elimination of Clarisse was a part of the on-going operation of destroying the old society.
What was Montag afraid Captain Beatty would discover when he came to visit? He was afraid the captain would find the book he had taken from the old woman’s attic.
Why did Captain Beatty believe books should be destroyed? He thought that they put upsetting thoughts in people’s minds and kept them from beinghappy and satisfied.
What did Montag show Mildred after the captain had left the house? He showed her the books he had been stealing and hiding in the house.

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