Fahrenheit 451: Comprehension

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Fahrenheit 451: Comprehension

You will have 30 minutes to answer 45 comprehension questions about Fahrenheit 451. You will be able to take this test only 2 times, but you must retake it by next Friday, April 22, by 3 P. M. The test MUST be taken in my presence, preferably during WCW. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who says the following?"She's nothing to me; she shouldn't have had books. It was her responsibility, she should've thought of that. I hate her. She's got you going and next thing you know we'll be out, no house, no job, nothing."
    • A. 

      Guy Montag

    • B. 

      Mildred

    • C. 

      Captain Betty

    • D. 

      Clarisse

  • 2. 
    Who says this quote?"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there bust be something there. You don't stay for nothing."
    • A. 

      Clarisse

    • B. 

      Captain Beatty

    • C. 

      Guy Montag

    • D. 

      Mildred

  • 3. 
    Who says the following?“I rarely watch the ‘parlor walls’ or go to races or Fun Parks. So I’ve lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess.”
    • A. 

      Captain Beatty

    • B. 

      Clarisse

    • C. 

      Montag

    • D. 

      Mildred

  • 4. 
    Who says the following?"Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column, winding up at last as a ten- or twelve-line dictionary resume. I exaggerate, of course. . . . Do you see? Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more."
    • A. 

      Guy Montag

    • B. 

      Captain Beatty

    • C. 

      Clarisse

    • D. 

      Mildred

  • 5. 
    The following quote is an example of ___________________.“He opened the bedroom door. It was like coming into the cold marbled room of a mausoleum after the moon has set.”
    • A. 

      Characterization

    • B. 

      Personification

    • C. 

      symbolism

    • D. 

      Dramatic irony

  • 6. 
    Who says the following?“Well, this is a play comes on the wall-to-wall circuit in ten minutes. They mailed me my part this morning. . . . They write the script with one part missing. It’s a new idea. The homemaker, that’s me, is the missing part.”
    • A. 

      Clarisse

    • B. 

      Montag

    • C. 

      Beatty

    • D. 

      Mildred

  • 7. 
    The Mechanical Hound tracks down its prey by its
    • A. 

      Chemical complex

    • B. 

      Height and weight

    • C. 

      Physical description

    • D. 

      Address

  • 8. 
    How does Montag feel about his job at the very beginning of the book?
    • A. 

      Cautious and Unsure

    • B. 

      Enthusiastic and Confident

    • C. 

      Rebellious and Non-Accepting

    • D. 

      He did not have a job

  • 9. 
    How did Montag first meet Clarisse McClellan?
    • A. 

      He met her at a park

    • B. 

      He met her at the fire station

    • C. 

      His wife introduces him to Clarisse

    • D. 

      He is walking home and he feels that somebody is there, and then he sees her

  • 10. 
    What did Mildred think/pretend happened the night before, when she was denying that she took too many pills?
    • A. 

      Visited the firehouse

    • B. 

      Read illegal books

    • C. 

      Watched her shows in the parlor

    • D. 

      A party

  • 11. 
    What does Montag think happened to the Mechanical Hound that made it not like him?
    • A. 

      Somebody messed with his combination on the Hound's "memory" system

    • B. 

      He once tripped over the Hound and injured it

    • C. 

      The Hound sensed that he was reading books

    • D. 

      The Hound did not like only being programed to hunt and kill

  • 12. 
    Montag thought that it was fitting for the woman to be at her house while they burned it and her books.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Captain Beatty comes to tell Montag about how the world started to ban technology, and a world dictator was installed, who wanted only sadness for the people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    At the beginning of the novel how is Montag described?
    • A. 

      As a policeman who hates his job

    • B. 

      As a fireman who loves his job

    • C. 

      As someone looking for a job

    • D. 

      As a writer

  • 15. 
    On his way home Montag encounters someone unexpected. Who is it?
    • A. 

      Faber

    • B. 

      Beatty

    • C. 

      Clarisse McClellan

    • D. 

      Clare McDonald

  • 16. 
    Clarisse is characterized as a
    • A. 

      15 year old thinking sophomore

    • B. 

      17 year old thinking teenager

    • C. 

      20 year old working woman

    • D. 

      14 year old deaf freshman

  • 17. 
    As Montag looks into Clarisse's eyes he remembers what?
    • A. 

      Going to school

    • B. 

      Reading with his father

    • C. 

      Writing with his mother

    • D. 

      Reading with his mother by candlelight

  • 18. 
    Clarisse loves to ask questions. When she asks Montag if he is happy, this is significant because
    • A. 

      He does not answer her

    • B. 

      He says "yes" but he is not happy

    • C. 

      He does not know the answer

    • D. 

      He does not hear the question

  • 19. 
    When Montag returns home, how is the home described?
    • A. 

      It is a luxurious home

    • B. 

      A home full of light and color

    • C. 

      A home with children

    • D. 

      Like a place of death and darkness

  • 20. 
    After Montag realizes the answer to Clarisse's question, what event is a reflection on society in the future?
    • A. 

      Mildred over-eats dinner

    • B. 

      Montag goes back to work

    • C. 

      Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills

    • D. 

      Montag overdoses on sleeping pills

  • 21. 
    Why is Clarisse self-described as being anti-social?
    • A. 

      Because she does not attend school

    • B. 

      Because she reads books

    • C. 

      Because she thinks

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    Instead of a dog at the fire station the firemen have a Mechanical Hound. How is this a reflection on society?
    • A. 

      All dogs have died

    • B. 

      Society has become "mechanical" and unthinking

    • C. 

      Society has rise above clear thinking

    • D. 

      Society has become a utopia

  • 23. 
    Why does the Mechanical Hound threaten Montag at the Fire Station?
    • A. 

      It recognizes Montag has handled/read books before

    • B. 

      It recognizes Montag's fear in the air

    • C. 

      It has been programmed to attack Montag

    • D. 

      Because it thinks on its own

  • 24. 
    The protagonist is shaken to the core by a specific event. What happened?
    • A. 

      A woman lost her home to a fire

    • B. 

      A woman lit herself and books on fire

    • C. 

      A man lit himself on fire

    • D. 

      A man lost his home to a fire

  • 25. 
    What one question does Montag leave the scene wrestling with?
    • A. 

      What was that person thinking?

    • B. 

      Why didn't the firemen put out the fire?

    • C. 

      Why did Beatty slap the woman on the face?

    • D. 

      What would make someone willing to die for books?

  • 26. 
    How does Mildred occupy the majority of her time?
    • A. 

      She watches television

    • B. 

      She reads books and magazines

    • C. 

      She works selling books and magazines

    • D. 

      She watches large screen TV's, listens to seashells,and drives fast

  • 27. 
    Why is it ironic Mildred considers actors in the big screens her family?
    • A. 

      Because she wants to be an actor

    • B. 

      Because she is already alone and disconnected from Montag

    • C. 

      Because she is married to Montag

    • D. 

      Because she wants a fourth television

  • 28. 
    Why does Beatty come to Montag's home the day after the horrific event?
    • A. 

      To check on Montag's feelings

    • B. 

      To check on Montag and tell him the true history of firemen

    • C. 

      To check on Mildred's recovery

    • D. 

      To have dinner with the Montags

  • 29. 
    What is the significance of the title Fahrenheit 451?
    • A. 

      It is the temperature at which germanium melts.

    • B. 

      It is the maximum temperature of most ovens.

    • C. 

      It is the temperature at which paper ignites and burns.

    • D. 

      It is the temperature at which an Easy-Bake oven self-destructs.

  • 30. 
    What is the name of the toothpaste advertised on the subway?
    • A. 

      Denham's Dentifrice

    • B. 

      Caitlyn's Colgate

    • C. 

      Crain's Crest

    • D. 

      Abel's AquaFresh

  • 31. 
    What position did Faber have before he retired?
    • A. 

      Printer

    • B. 

      Librarian

    • C. 

      Professor of English

    • D. 

      Professor of History

  • 32. 
    What is the mechanical hound?
    • A. 

      A four-legged pet robot.

    • B. 

      A robotic beast that destroys the entire city with a series of atomic explosions.

    • C. 

      A six-legged robotic creature that devours books.

    • D. 

      An eight-legged robot that injects procaine into its victims.

  • 33. 
    What symbol appears on the firemen's uniforms?
    • A. 

      A salamander.

    • B. 

      A dog.

    • C. 

      A book with a slash through it.

    • D. 

      A crocodile.

  • 34. 
    Why are books illegal?
    • A. 

      They are boring.

    • B. 

      They make people think too much.

    • C. 

      They are a shallow distraction from philosophical matters.

    • D. 

      They decrease empathy in readers.

  • 35. 
    How is the city destroyed?
    • A. 

      An army of mechanical hounds.

    • B. 

      It is burned by the firemen.

    • C. 

      It collapses in an earthquake.

    • D. 

      It is bombed.

  • 36. 
    Why was Beatty described as  a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering, manikin?
    • A. 

      Beatty had lost his mind

    • B. 

      Beatty was happy to see Montag again

    • C. 

      He was furious over Montag's betrayal

    • D. 

      Montag had shot a continuous pulse of liquid fire on him

  • 37. 
    Where did Montag stash 4 of his books that hadn't  been burned by the firemen?
    • A. 

      He hid them in the Firehouse

    • B. 

      Near the garden fence

    • C. 

      In his truck

    • D. 

      In front of Clarisse's place

  • 38. 
    The following quote helps develop what themes?“There are too many of us, he thought. There are billions of us and that’s too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. Good God, who were those men? I never saw them before in my life!”
    • A. 

      Conformity

    • B. 

      Change and transformation

    • C. 

      Alienation and loneliness

    • D. 

      reliance on technology

  • 39. 
    Who says the following?"There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time."
    • A. 

      Clarisse

    • B. 

      Montag

    • C. 

      Mildred

    • D. 

      Captain Beatty

  • 40. 
    Which of the following books of the Bible does Faber read to Montag over the radio?
    • A. 

      Revelations

    • B. 

      Psalms

    • C. 

      Job

    • D. 

      Ecclesiastes

  • 41. 
    Who is the author of Fahrenheit 451?
    • A. 

      Clarisse McClellan

    • B. 

      Rayona Bradwell

    • C. 

      George Orwell

    • D. 

      Ray Bradbury

  • 42. 
    Why did everyone laughed, while playing cards, when Beatty said, "Let's have your hands in sight, Montag.  Not that we don't trust you, understand, but--"?
    • A. 

      They knew that Montag cheated every time he played cards

    • B. 

      They were a bunch of silly firemen

    • C. 

      The firemen knew that Montag wasn't trustworthy because he had betrayed them

  • 43. 
    Why did Beatty quote Dr. Johnson when he said, "He is  not wise man who will quit certainty for uncertainty"?
    • A. 

      Beatty was telling Montag to desist from having any books

    • B. 

      He really liked Dr. Johnson

    • C. 

      Beatty had had too much to drink

  • 44. 
    Why did MIldred say, "poor family, poor family, oh everything gone, everything gone now"?
    • A. 

      Her family was killed in a freak accident

    • B. 

      The government had confiscated her family's belongings

    • C. 

      The firemen were about to set her home and TVs on fire

    • D. 

      Option 4