Jack London, “to Build A Fire”

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 Jack London, “To Build A Fire” 

  
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1.  What is the setting of the story? 
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2.  What point of view is the story written in? 
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3.  When the narrator says that the man lacks “imagination”, what does this mean? 
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4.  What is the function of the dog in the story?  
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5.  What mistakes does the man make that threaten his life?  
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6.  What happens at the end of the story?  
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7.  In the story "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, foreshadowing is often used. In this story foreshadowing is an effective way to build up a climax. The foreshadowing is both shown by the ____________________________.  
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8.  An example of environmental foreshadowing was when it said, _____________________________________________.
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9.   "Another example  of  environmental foreshadowing  was when the man's "fire was blotted out." These examples show that ___________________________________.
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10.  A major point of foreshadowing was what the oldtimer told the man. The oldtimer told the man that ______________________________________________________________________________________. 
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11.  In this story foreshadowing can be direct statements or simple statements of fact.  
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12.    What is the theme in "To Build a Fire"? 
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13.  Who is the antagonist in the short story to build a fire? 
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14.    What is the plot of "To Build a Fire"? 
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15.  The author's major theme here is _______________. You need _____________ to survive in the wilderness. 
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16.  The ______________ has instinct and although it does not understand things like the man does, it is better equipped to survive. 
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17.  The man can represent Mankind's arrogance about how man is _______________________.  
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18.  The author is trying to get the point across that _______________ is unforgiving and unless you follow the rules, you will die.  
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19.  The story starts out with the man walking through the Yukon wilderness alone. It's really, really, cold…like 75 degrees below 0. It's so cold, that when he spits, it freezes in the air. This is the first winter the man has been up in the Yukon so he doesn't really have an appreciation for how cold and dangerous it is. You find out he planning to meet up with "the boys" at an old claim (where they dig for gold). He figures he will be at camp that night.  
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20.  This is the main character. He is traveling alone with his dog to meet up with his friends who are at camp. He thinks he is smarter and tougher than nature but he finds out the hard way he isn't. 
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21.  This is the man's dog. It is a big husky (looks kind of like a wolf).  
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22.  This guy is not in the story, but the man mentions him a few times. The Old Timer gave the man all kinds of warning about traveling alone in the cold but the man never listened. 
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23.  What is the irony in To Build a Fire by Jack London? 
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24.  The _________________ of the story dies due to a lack of intuition or imagination, unable to conceive of the possibility of his own death, others assert that he dies as a result of panic and the failure of his rational faculties. 
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25.  The main man or the only man for that matter seems to be a hard working man but is lacking in imagination.  
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26.    What is the climax and resolution of "To Build A Fire"? 
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