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

2. What type of dog travels with the protagonist?
(a) German Shepherd
(b) Burmese Mountain Dog
(c) Newfoundland
(d) Husky

3. The protagonist is described in Part I as being “quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in” what?
(a) The beauty
(b) The actions
(c) The lessons
(d) The significances

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

5. What type of point-of-view in literature allows the reader to know everything that can be known about a character, including past history, thoughts, and feelings?
(a) Omniscient
(b) Constructive
(c) Limited
(d) Invasive

Short Answer Questions

1. “The boys” had come over across the divide from what country, according to the narrator in Part I?

2. According to the narrator in Part II, no man had come up or down the silent creek that the protagonist travels on in how long?

3. What is significant about the protagonist’s spittle crackling in Part I?

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

5. What refers to an incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the dog do after falling through the ice in Part II? How does the protagonist help?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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