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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. In literature, what are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect?
(a) Foreshadowing
(b) Hyperboles
(c) Metaphors
(d) Ironies

2. 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

3. After departing from eating his lunch, the protagonist travels along which body of water?
(a) Tenaya Creek
(b) Sulphur Creek
(c) Henderson Creek
(d) Boulder Creek

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

5. On top of the ice of the Yukon is how many feet of snow, according to the narrator in Part I?
(a) 8
(b) 6
(c) 3
(d) 2

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Klondike Gold Rush begin?

2. What refers to related series of incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest?

3. What is a literary figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is the same as another otherwise unrelated object?

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

5. What does the protagonist chew as he travels in the narrative?

Short Essay Questions

1. What literary purpose does the dog serve in To Build a Fire?

2. How is the protagonist described by the narrator in Part I?

3. What does the protagonist do after eating his lunch in Part III? How does the dog respond?

4. Why does the protagonist eat quickly when he stops for lunch in Part III?

5. What stylistic elements characterize To Build a Fire?Give examples in your answer.

6. How is symbolism tied to the character of the protagonist in To Build a Fire?

7. What advice did the old-timer give to the protagonist?

8. How does the narrator describe the protagonist’s experience of the cold in Part III?

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

10. How is the dog described in To Build a Fire?What is his relationship to the protagonist?

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