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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the narrator in Part I, “It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible” what “over the face of things”?
(a) Cheerfulness
(b) Pall
(c) Destiny
(d) Brightness

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. What refers to related series of incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest?
(a) Internal conflict
(b) Metaphor
(c) Climax
(d) Rising action

5. How wide is the Yukon, according to the narrator in Part I?
(a) 500 feet
(b) 1000 yards
(c) 1 mile
(d) 350 yards

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When the protagonist reaches Henderson Creek in Part II, he knows he is how far from the forks?

3. At what pace has the protagonist been making his journey when he looks at his watch at 10:00 a.m. in Part II?

4. What is a literary device in which an author indistinctly suggests certain plot developments that will come later in the story?

5. What color are the protagonist’s beard and moustache?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the setting at noon in To Build a Fire? What is the protagonist’s state of mind at this time?

2. How is the advice of the old-timer perceived by the protagonist in To Build a Fire?

3. What symbolism is tied to the character of the dog in the story?

4. When did Jack London drop out of school? Where did he go to work at that time?

5. Where is the protagonist traveling in the story? What supplies does he carry?

6. What does the protagonist do to warm up as he eats his lunch in Part III?

7. Where does the protagonist decide to eat lunch in the narrative? Why?

8. What is the point of view of the narrative in To Build a Fire?

9. How does the author use symbolism to illustrate “instinct” versus “reason” in the narrative?

10. How does the protagonist act in the face of the obstacles at Henderson Creek?

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