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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The scent of what makes the dog back away and bristle in the end of Part VI?
(a) Biscuits
(b) Death
(c) Urine
(d) Burnt flesh

2. How does the protagonist become aware that his hand is on fire in Part V?
(a) The sound
(b) The sight
(c) The feeling
(d) The smell

3. Which of the following is a central theme in To Build a Fire?
(a) Corruption
(b) Obsession
(c) Unrequited love
(d) Death

4. How many matches go up in flame at once in Part V?
(a) 12
(b) 45
(c) 124
(d) 70

5. What kind of weapon does the protagonist carry?
(a) A pistol
(b) A machete
(c) A sheath-knife
(d) A rifle

6. What are the shoes called that the protagonist wears in the narrative?
(a) Mukluks
(b) Moccasins
(c) Sneakers
(d) Clogs

7. What does the fire symbolize to the protagonist in Part V?
(a) Life
(b) God
(c) Comfort
(d) Triumph

8. Which word from Part V refers to any of the main branches of a tree?
(a) Twig
(b) Trunk
(c) Bough
(d) Root

9. The man is described as speaking in what way to the dog in Part V, meaning leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal?
(a) Angrily
(b) Pleadingly
(c) Lovingly
(d) Peremptorily

10. The dog goes to find what in the end of the story?
(a) A new owner in town
(b) The companionship of other dogs
(c) Other food-providers and fire-providers
(d) Shelter in the forest

11. Which word from Part V means adequate for the purpose?
(a) Success
(b) Wistful
(c) Sufficient
(d) Apathetic

12. How does the ending of the earlier version of To Build a Firediffer from the later and more popularized version?
(a) The old-timer shows up
(b) Bob arrives
(c) The dog dies
(d) The protagonist lives

13. The protagonist begins to think that the old-timer was right about what after the snow falls and puts out his fire in Part V?
(a) Letting a dog lead the way
(b) Following the ridgelines
(c) Traveling with a trail-mate
(d) Only traveling in the dark

14. What drug does the protagonist compare to the onset of death in Part VI?
(a) Narcotic
(b) Barbiturate
(c) Psychedelic
(d) Anesthetic

15. According to the narrator in Part VI, the protagonist’s plan of running until he reaches camp has one flaw in it. What is this flaw?
(a) Darkness is setting in
(b) He lacks the endurance
(c) The snow is too deep
(d) He has to cross a river

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator states in Part IV, “Well, here he was; he had had the accident; he was alone; and he had” what?

2. The protagonist thinks to himself as he dies in Part VI, “When he got back to the States he could tell the folks” what?

3. After falling through the ice, the protagonist believes this mishap will delay him for how long in reaching his destination?

4. The narrator states of the protagonist in Part VI, “This time the shivering came more quickly upon the man. He was losing in his battle with” what?

5. Where does the dog go in the end of the story?

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