Fahrenheit 451 questions

As you read each section of the novel, answer briefly the following questions. These questions should act as a reading guide and are not intended to replace careful examination of the novel's themes and development.

  Part I: The Hearth and the Salamander (pages 3-68)

1. What do the "fireman" do for a living?

2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?

3. According to pages 3-4, what does Montag think of his job?

4. Who does Montag meet on the way home

5. During his conversation, Montag says that "You never wash it off completely" referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically

6. Why do you think that Bradbury would introduce Clarisse before Montag's wife, Mildred?

7. Why does Mildred need help when Montag gets home?

8. Describe the help that she receives.

9. Is there anything unusual about the way the two men go about helping Mildred? How is it unusual?

10. How is life in Montag's house very different from that of Clarisse's house?

11. How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night's experience?

12. What does Mildred do all day?

13. Describe the setup of Montag's TV room.

14. What is Clarisse doing when Montag sees her on page 21?  

15. How is Clarisse different than Mildred

16. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?

17. What is the hound's reaction to Montag?

18. Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social” (page 29)?

19. At the next fire, what does Montag take?

20. On page 40, Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge. What is it?

21. What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep?

22. Who is Mildred's "family"?

23. What has happened to Clarisse? How did it happen?

24. What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse?

25. Read pages 55-62 very carefully. They contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world.

Part II:  "The Sieve and the Sand” (Pages 71-110)

 T/F=True or False

26. When was the last liberal arts college shut down?

27.   T/F: Professor Faber thought Montag’s call was some sort of trap.

28. Why did Faber’s fear dissipate when Montag was standing outside his door?


29. What did Montag want from Faber?


30. T/F: Faber reminded Montag that people who are having fun are reluctant to become rebels.


31   How did Montag finally get Faber to consider really helping him?


32. T/F  The Queen Bee analogy underscored Faber’s cowardice.


33.    What to items were exchanged before Montag left the professor’s house?


34.    What is the volcano’s mouth?


35.    T/F Montag pulled the plug on the living room fish bowl.


36.    T/F Faber objected to Montag’s poetry reading.


37.    Which lady was affected by the original intent of the poetry?


38.    T/F In the late hours of the night, Faber refused to console Montag for foolishly reading poetry to the poor, silly women.


39.    Listening to Captain Beatty play his harp and needle Montag had what effect upon Guy?


40.  What interrupted the poker game?


41.Captain Beatty drove the Salamander to whose house?

Part III:  Burning Bright (pages 111-166)

  42. How has Beatty given Montag hints that he is under suspicion?

43. Who must have brought the books back from the garden?


45. What happened to Montag’s green bullet?

46. Why did Montag burn Beatty's body?

47. What is Montag’s plan to escape?

48. How much money did Montag give Faber?


49. How many scents can the mechanical hound remember?

50. Why did Montag want Faber to turn on the air conditioning and sprinklers?

51. Interpret “Twenty million Montag's running, soon, if the cameras caught him.”

52. Why did the search for Montag veer inland?

53. Who died in Montag’s place?

54. What did Granger mean by “Welcome back from the dead.”

55. When Granger and other like minded people are stopped by authorities, why isn’t any incriminating evidence found?

56. Do you have a sense that there are other “book chapters” in other towns.  What proof do you have?

57. What does Granger mean by his quote “You’re not important.  You’re not anything.”? 

58. Explain the last implications of the events in the last 4-5 pages.