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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator states in Part V that the dog looks to the protagonist as what?
(a) The fire-provider
(b) The water-maker
(c) The belly-rubber
(d) The navigator

2. Which word from Part V means skillful or artful management?
(a) Conflagration
(b) Manipulation
(c) Flounder
(d) Peremptorily

3. 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) Only traveling in the dark
(b) Letting a dog lead the way
(c) Traveling with a trail-mate
(d) Following the ridgelines

4. Which word describing the protagonist in Part VI means to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements?
(a) Recoil
(b) Flounder
(c) Apprehension
(d) Manipulation

5. The protagonist begins by feeding the fire with twigs the size of what in Part IV?
(a) A sewing needle
(b) His arm
(c) His finger
(d) A pencil

6. How far away does the dog run before halting and surveying the protagonist after he releases it in Part V?
(a) 150 feet
(b) 40 feet
(c) 85 feet
(d) 15 feet

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

8. Which of the following stylistic elements is used throughout To Build a Fire?
(a) Flashback
(b) Literary allusion
(c) Repetition
(d) Biblical allusion

9. The protagonist thinks to himself in Part IV, “Any man who was a man could” do what?
(a) Survive a storm
(b) Build a fire
(c) Mine gold
(d) Travel alone

10. What does the protagonist begin to do after panicking in Part VI?
(a) Kill the dog
(b) Yell for help
(c) Crawl into a cave
(d) Run along the trail

11. What does the protagonist plan to remove by the fire to dry in Part IV?
(a) His footgear
(b) His watch
(c) His coat
(d) His hat

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

13. The narrator states in Part V of the protagonist, “It struck him as curious that one should have to use his eyes in order to find out where” what were?
(a) His matches
(b) His hands
(c) His feet
(d) His knife

14. The protagonist thinks to himself, “those old-timers were rather” what, in Part IV?
(a) Brave
(b) Superstitious
(c) Womanish
(d) Cautious

15. The strings of the protagonist’s shoes are described as being like what in Part IV?
(a) Caribou intestines
(b) Rods of steel
(c) Stiff vines
(d) Fencing wire

Short Answer Questions

1. The protagonist thinks to himself in Part IV, “All a man had to do was” what “and he was all right”?

2. When did a man from Sulphur Creek tell the protagonist about the dangers of being wet in the cold?

3. What in literature refers to the general attempt to depict subjects as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation?

4. When the protagonist falls a second time and the dog sits in front of him, how does the protagonist feel about the “warmth and security of the animal” in Part VI?

5. Which word from Part IV means inanimate or dead?

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