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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. The only supply the protagonist is carrying with him on his journey is what?
(a) A handgun
(b) A rifle
(c) His lunch
(d) A sled

2. What is significant about the protagonist’s spittle crackling in Part I?
(a) It doesn’t leave his lips
(b) It cracks mid-air
(c) It doesn’t melt
(d) It is blue

3. The protagonist is bound for an old claim on the left fork of what in To Build a Fire?
(a) Alberts Creek
(b) Johnson Creek
(c) Indian Creek
(d) Henderson Creek

4. What does the narrator say depresses the dog that travels with the protagonist in Part II?
(a) The dark
(b) The ice
(c) The man
(d) The cold

5. At what time exactly does the protagonist arrive at the forks of the creek in Part II?
(a) 9:00 a.m.
(b) 12:30 p.m.
(c) 11:00 a.m.
(d) 6:30 a.m.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator refer to the dog as in Part III?

2. What does the protagonist do after finishing his lunch in Part III?

3. What does the protagonist realize he’s forgotten to do when he stops to eat his lunch in Part III?

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

5. What does the narrator refer to the protagonist in the story as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the most significant elements of the setting of To Build a Fire?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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