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Fahrenheit 451 Discussion Questions

Fahrenheit 451 Discussion Questions
Answer all parts of the following discussion questions on a separate sheet of paper in complete
sentences. Whenever possible, use evidence from the book to support your own analysis. If
there are any terms or ideas used in the questions that you may be unfamiliar with, look them
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of them, so be prepared.
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1. Montag comes to learn that "firemen are rarely necessary" because "the public itself
stopped reading of its own accord." Bradbury wrote his novel in 1953: To what extent
has his prophecy come true today?
2. Clarisse describes a past that Montag has never known: one with front porches,
gardens, and rocking chairs. What do these items have in common, and how might their
removal have encouraged Montag's repressive society?
3. How does the destruction of books lead to more happiness and equality, according to
4. Are there any circumstances where censorship might play a beneficial role in society?
5. Once Montag becomes a violent revolutionary, why does the government purposely
capture an innocent man in his place instead of tracking down the real Montag?
6. What does Granger mean when he says, "We're going to go build a mirror factory first
and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long time to look at them?"
Why would "mirrors" be important in this new society? (Note: In Part 1, Clarisse is said
to be "like a mirror.")
7. Describe the society (a fictional America) that Montag lives in. In what ways is it similar
to, but more extreme than, our society? What signs are there that it is a “dystopia” (the
opposite of a utopia, an ideal society)?
8. Interpret the following quote: “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave” (74).
9. Defend the necessity to “ask why.” Use examples from the book to support your claim.
10. What central ideas (themes) is Ray Bradbury trying to impart on his audience? What
things in society is he commenting on?