Questions for Fahrenheit 451

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chapter 1

RL.1 What do you think is happening based on this description?

RL.3 How does the narrator's mood change as he approaches the corner? 

RL.4 Based on the description of Guy earlier in the story and/or the symbolism of light, why do you think Clarisse is associated with light? 

RL.3 Why does Clarisse seem unusual to Guy? 

RL.3 What is wrong with Mildred? 

RL.2 What can we assume about this society if overdoses of sleeping pills are so common? 

RL.3 How does Clarisse's house compare to that of Montag?

RL.3 Why do you think Mildred wears the ear-thimbles? 

RL.6 Based on how Mildred describes what she sees on television, what do you think is Ray Bradbury's opinion of TV? 

RL.3 Given that this conversation between Guy and Clarisse occurs just after his conversation with Mildred, the reader is naturally inclined to compare Mildred and Clarisse. How are they similar and different? 

RL.4 What is the tone of this paragraph? Cite specific words and phrases to support your conclusion. 

RL.3 In your own words, describe the Mechanical Hound. 

RL.2 What is it about the school system that turns students into violent animals? 

RL.2 The rule book lacks any sort of explanation for why books should be burned. Based on what you've learned so far about Montag's society, why do you think that is? 

RL.2 What is Beatty's objection to the woman's books? 

RL.4 Why does it make sense for the woman to repeat this quote?

EXTRA HELP Look up the meaning of heresy and think about why the woman's books were being burned. 

RL.2 What is the problem with the television programming that Mildred watches? 

RL.2 Do you think the situation that Beatty describes applies to today's media? Explain your reasoning. 

RL.2 Why does the public in this story oppose books? 

RL.2 In this society, being happy is the most important value. But what is the price of maintaining happiness? 

RL.1 According to Beatty, why doesn't analytical thinking make people happy? 

RL.3 If you were in Montag's shoes at this moment, how would you convince Mildred that books are worthwhile? 

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