Fahrenheit 451: Test Review slides 12-15


Fahrenheit 451

(the temperature at which paper burns)

Is technology taking over? How? Why?

Has this had a positive influence over you? Your classes?

Your life?

Technology: What Type of

Genre Is This?

The Hearth

The hearth is a place which contains the fire that heats a home.


The salamander is a creature of ancient beliefs that it lives in fire and is unaffected by flames.

The salamander is the fire truck

Both of these symbols have to do with fire, the dominant image of

Montag’s life

Find an example of a symbol or figurative language from your annotations, and write it down in your journal and respond in a dialectical journal.

What are the snake and the mechanical hound?

Allusions: Ben Franklin and Tower of Babel


• Choose one of the following quotes to write a dialectical journal. You should reread the quote and the page first.

• 54: “Once books appealed to a few people, here, there, everywhere.

They could afford to be different. The world was roomy. But then the world go full of eyes….quadruple population. Films and radios, magazines, books leveled down to a sort of pastepuding norm….”

• 55 “Schools is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored.”

• 57 (read starting at “ah…--not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal….”

• 58: “People want to be happy…haven’t you heard that all your life?

That’s all we live for…for pleasure for titillation….”

Dialectical Journal: Part I,

Beatty’s speech

Annotate in Part II for internal conflict, symbolism, figurative language, paradox or irony, and unfamiliar vocabulary or allusions.

Paradox example: Montag and Mildred’s bedroom.

“The Sieve and the Sand”

Why would society make "being a pedestrian" a crime? (Clarisse tells

Montag that her uncle was once arrested for this.)

One of the most significant of the many literary allusions in

Fahrenheit 451 occurs when Montag reads Matthew Arnold's poem

"Dover Beach." What is the response of Mildred's friends, and why does Montag kick them out of his house?

• One suicide and one near-suicide occur in this book. One woman, who shuns books but loves TV and driving fast in her car, anesthetizes herself,; "We get these cases nine or ten a night," says the medical technician. Another woman, who cherishes her books, sets herself on fire with them; "These fanatics always try suicide," says the fire captain. Why would two people who seem to be so different from each other try to take their own lives? Why does suicide happen so frequently in Montag's society?"

Part II Discussions

Beatty tells Montag that firemen are "custodians of peace of mind" and that they stand against "those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought." How well are the firemen accomplishing these objectives? Are conflicting ideas the only source of unhappiness in their society? What other sources might there be? Can conflicting ideas exist even without books that have been destroyed and outlawed?

Captain Beatty quotes history, scripture, poetry, philosophy. He is obviously a well-read man. Why hasn't he been punished?

And why does he view the books he's read with such contempt? How can Beatty's knowledge of and hatred for books be reconciled?

Why do you think the firemen's rulebook credited

Benjamin Franklin-- writer, publisher, political leader, inventor, ambassador--as being the first fireman?

Why does Beatty program the Hound to track Montag even before Montag stole the book? Do you believe

Beatty had seen him steal books before? Or is it that

Beatty had detected a change in Montag's attitude or behavior? Cite incidents in the book that support your answer.

Is this book about censorship?

Part II Discussions End

• Take a few LIESURELY moments to do whatever you’d like.

Then, write about a fond memory (or memories) you have with books or nature or both.

Faber’s THREE: quality of information, leisure, and the right to carry out actions based on the first two


Make sure you actually read the book. There are specific plot and character questions. Please review your packet questions.

• Discuss the titles of the parts: “The Hearth and the

Salamander,” “The Sieve and the Sand,” and “Burning


Discuss the group of intellects

Discuss how the mind and the brain WIN in the end

Discuss the ending/ the future/the resolution/the falling actions

• Discuss Bradbury’s purpose (watch interview)

Setting: future, already two atomic bands have occurred, starts in the fall,

Protagonist: Montag, but why?

Antagonist: society and Beatty

Flat vs. Round

Static vs. dynamic

Climax: When Motag kills Beaty (when they show up at Montag’s house)


Style/syntax: sentence structures?

Word choices/diction

Common themes—think of his short story, too.


Genre: science fiction, dystopian

Test review

• “So it was the hand that started it all…His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms…His hands were ravenous.”

• “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal…A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Break man’s mind.”

• “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores.”

• “It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did….It’s a mystery….It’s real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences…clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later.”

• “The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time…Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, with out help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt

Time, that meant that everything burnt!”

Quotes for test: Who Said them? In what context?


· Third-person, limited omniscient; follows

Montag’s point of view, often speaking his inner monologues


· Foreboding and intimidating, confusing/disoriented, poetic, appreciative, satirical


· Censorship, knowledge versus ignorance, intellect as power, government intervention w/ society, intellectual freedom


· Paradoxes, animals and nature, religion, television and radio


· Fire, blood, the Electric-Eyed Snake, the hearth, the salamander, the phoenix, the sieve and the sand, Denham’s

Dentifrice, the dandelion, mirrors, the beetle

Test Review

Write a sentence using the colon rule when the second independent clause explains the first. Your content should have to do with theme or genre of our novel.