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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 protagonist experiences a pang of regret that he had not devised what object that Bud wears in cold snaps in Part II?
(a) A musk ox mask
(b) Caribou pants
(c) A hat with flaps
(d) A nose-strap

2. In what year did Jack London die?
(a) 1916
(b) 1944
(c) 1957
(d) 1969

3. “The boys” had come over across the divide from what country, according to the narrator in Part I?
(a) Indian Creek country
(b) Johnson Creek country
(c) Alberts Creek country
(d) Henderson Creek country

4. What does the narrator refer to the dog as in Part III?
(a) A loyal companion
(b) A toil-slave
(c) A primal hunter
(d) A dumb beast

5. What color is the dog that travels with the protagonist?
(a) Black
(b) White
(c) Brown
(d) Gray

Short Answer Questions

1. What time is it in the beginning of To Build a Fire?

2. What is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different?

3. Jack London's mother was the fifth and youngest child of what Pennsylvania Canal builder?

4. What refers to the condition in which core temperature drops below the required temperature for normal metabolism and body functions?

5. The protagonist anticipates arriving to meet the boys at the campsite by what time in Part I?

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 after eating his lunch in Part III? How does the dog respond?

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

4. When and where was Jack London born? Who were his parents?

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

6. How is the relationship between the protagonist and the dog significant to the plot of the story?

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

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

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

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

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