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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The protagonist turns aside from what main trail to climb the high earth-bank to a “dim and little-traveled trail” in Part I?
(a) The Arctic Trail
(b) The Alaska Trail
(c) The Yukon trail
(d) The Apache Trail

2. What is the temperature, according to the narrator in Part II?
(a) 5 degrees
(b) Negative 75 degrees
(c) Negative 10 degrees
(d) 20 degrees

3. The “dark hair-line” of trail visible in Part I is said to be the main trail that leads south how many miles to the Chilcoot Pass?
(a) 120
(b) 500
(c) 235
(d) 895

4. When was Jack London born?
(a) 1907
(b) 1876
(c) 1892
(d) 1921

5. Where is the old-timer from that the protagonist recalls in Part III?
(a) Bighorn Ranch
(b) Bear Mountain
(c) Sulphur Creek
(d) Crystal Springs

6. Which of the following is a central theme in To Build a Fire?
(a) Corrupt politics
(b) Religious persecution
(c) Forbidden love
(d) Man versus nature

7. How many inches of snow cover the furrow of the last runners on the old sled-trail in Part II?
(a) 12
(b) 9
(c) 3
(d) 5

8. What is a literary device in which an author indistinctly suggests certain plot developments that will come later in the story?
(a) Climax
(b) Foreshadowing
(c) Irony
(d) Hyperbole

9. In literature, what refers to the author's providing of some background information to the audience about the plot, characters' histories, setting, and theme?
(a) Climax
(b) Rising action
(c) Foreshadowing
(d) Exposition

10. The narrator states in Part I, “North and south, as far as his eye could see, it was unbroken” what?
(a) Clouds
(b) Rain
(c) White
(d) Snowstorms

11. The protagonist is described in Part I as being “quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in” what?
(a) The beauty
(b) The significances
(c) The actions
(d) The lessons

12. The Yukon lay hidden under how many feet of ice, according to the narrator in Part I?
(a) 3
(b) 8
(c) 12
(d) 5

13. The trek that the protagonist takes is expected to last how long?
(a) 14 hours
(b) 5 hours
(c) 2 hours
(d) 9 hours

14. At what time exactly does the protagonist arrive at the forks of the creek in Part II?
(a) 11:00 a.m.
(b) 6:30 a.m.
(c) 12:30 p.m.
(d) 9:00 a.m.

15. St. Michael is described as being located by what body of water in Part I?
(a) The Bering Sea
(b) The Gulf of Alaska
(c) The Arctic Ocean
(d) Cook Inlet

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Jack London’s family settle in 1886?

2. Which word from Part III refers to pedigree, genealogy or stock?

3. When the protagonist reaches the top of the steep bank on the little-traveled trail in Part I, he stops to catch his breath and excuses the action by doing what?

4. What does the protagonist realize he’s forgotten to do when he stops to eat his lunch in Part III?

5. According to the narrator in Part II, no man had come up or down the silent creek that the protagonist travels on in how long?

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