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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. What refers to an obstacle located outside the protagonist, including nature, the supernatural, or society?
(a) Relational conflict
(b) Manipulation
(c) Internal conflict
(d) External conflict

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

3. After departing from his lunch break, the protagonist sees no signs of springs for how long?
(a) 10 minutes
(b) 30 minutes
(c) 1 hours
(d) 3 hours

4. The day is described as having broken exceedingly how in the opening of To Build a Fire?
(a) Cold and gray
(b) Sunny and warm
(c) Misty and wet
(d) Cloudy and miserable

5. What does the protagonist do once he reaches the forks of the creek in Part II?
(a) Stops to eat lunch
(b) Sets a lynx trap
(c) Goes fishing
(d) Sets a beaver trap

Short Answer Questions

1. In literature, what are exaggerations to create emphasis or effect?

2. What is the point of view for the narrative of To Build a Fire?

3. The “dark hair-line” of trail visible in Part I is said to be the main trail that leads north 70 miles to what location?

4. What does the narrator say depresses the dog that travels with the protagonist in Part II?

5. In literature, what refers to the struggle occurring within a character's mind?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What role does the old-timer play in the narrative?

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

8. What were Jack London’s experiences like during the Klondike Gold Rush?

9. At what time does the story open?Who is present in the opening paragraphs of the story?

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

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