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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator claims that the “trouble with him” is that he is without what in Part I?
(a) Regret
(b) Hope
(c) Imagination
(d) Money

2. What time is it in the beginning of To Build a Fire?
(a) 4:45 a.m.
(b) 11:15 a.m.
(c) 9:00 a.m.
(d) 6:30 a.m.

3. The narrator states in Part I that the protagonist is used to the lack of what?
(a) Stars
(b) Sun
(c) Birds
(d) Warmth

4. Which word from Part III means anticipation of adversity or misfortune?
(a) Apprehension
(b) Conflagration
(c) Peremptorily
(d) Irony

5. The narrator states that the only caresses the dog has known were the caresses of what, in Part III?
(a) The whip-lash
(b) The rain
(c) Strangers
(d) The wind

6. What had been the protagonist’s response when the old-timer told him how cold it could get in the country?
(a) He cried
(b) He thanked him for the warning
(c) He laughed at him
(d) He got angry

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

8. What is a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is the same as another otherwise unrelated object?
(a) Metaphor
(b) Irony
(c) Foreshadowing
(d) Hyperbole

9. In literature, what refers to an incompatibility in how two or more individuals relate to one another?
(a) Foreshadowing
(b) Climax
(c) External conflict
(d) Relational conflict

10. The protagonist anticipates arriving to meet the boys at the campsite by what time in Part I?
(a) 6:00 p.m.
(b) 10:00 p.m.
(c) 3:30 p.m.
(d) 8:30 p.m.

11. In literature, what refers to the struggle occurring within a character's mind?
(a) External conflict
(b) Relational conflict
(c) Internal conflict
(d) Irony

12. The protagonist experiences a pang of regret that he had not devised what object that Bud wears in cold snaps in Part II?
(a) A nose-strap
(b) A musk ox mask
(c) Caribou pants
(d) A hat with flaps

13. What is contained in the biscuits that the protagonist carries with him for lunch?
(a) Salmon
(b) Salmonberries
(c) Blueberries
(d) Bacon

14. 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?
(a) Looking at his watch
(b) Listening for a sound
(c) Petting the dog
(d) Eating his lunch

15. What does the protagonist use to ignite his fire in Part III?
(a) A gun
(b) A piece of flint
(c) A magnifying glass
(d) A match

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is a central theme in To Build a Fire?

2. What refers to an object, action, or idea that represents something other than itself?

3. According to the narrator in Part I, “It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible” what “over the face of things”?

4. What is significant about the protagonist’s spittle crackling in Part I?

5. What does the dog yearn toward as the man departs after eating his lunch in Part III?

(see the answer keys)

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