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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 thought puts the protagonist in a panic as he tries to light his second fire in Part V?
(a) His feet are freezing
(b) The dog will eat him
(c) He is hearing voices
(d) He is losing his vision

2. Which word used to describe the protagonist in Part V means having or showing little or no emotion?
(a) Appreciate
(b) Flounder
(c) Apathetic
(d) Ancestry

3. What simile occurs to the protagonist regarding his behavior in panicking in Part VI?
(a) Going dark like a grand eclipse
(b) Burning like a meteor
(c) Running around like a chicken with its head cut off
(d) Like shooting fish in a barrel

4. Which of the following is a central theme in To Build a Fire?
(a) Corruption
(b) Obsession
(c) Unrequited love
(d) Death

5. Which word from Part IV means the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors?
(a) Conflagration
(b) Ancestry
(c) Wistful
(d) Success

Short Answer Questions

1. The protagonist begins to think that the old-timer was right about what after the snow falls and puts out his fire in Part V?

2. The story, although not directly stated, is suggested to take place during what time period?

3. The narrator states in Part V that the dog looks to the protagonist as what?

4. What does the protagonist do once the fire is a success and he remembers the advice of the old-timer in Part IV?

5. Which word from Part V refers to any of the main branches of a tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the protagonist go about starting his second fire in Part V? What obstacles does he face in the process?

2. Why does the protagonist resume running after he has fallen down in Part VI?

3. How does the dog recognize the protagonist is dead in Part VI? What does the dog do?

4. What does the protagonist envision of his family in Part VI? How does he envision the old-timer?

5. What does fire symbolize in the story? What message does the author convey through this symbol?

6. What idea comes to the protagonist after his second fire is a failure in Part V?

7. How does the protagonist respond after falling through the ice in Part IV? What happens when he falls?

8. What causes the fire to be extinguished in Part V of the story?

9. Why does the protagonist curse the dog in Part VI? What last effort does he make before accepting his fate?

10. How does the protagonist respond when the fear of death begins to overtake him in Part VI?

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