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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. How does the protagonist eventually separate the matches in Part V?
(a) With his nose
(b) By blowing on them
(c) With his teeth
(d) With the dogs help

2. The protagonist thinks to himself, “those old-timers were rather” what, in Part IV?
(a) Brave
(b) Womanish
(c) Superstitious
(d) Cautious

3. The protagonist wonders if Mercury felt as he does doing what in Part VI?
(a) Crashing and burning
(b) Trudging through the snow
(c) Soaring like a bird
(d) Skimming over the earth

4. What of the protagonist’s “ebbed away and sank down into the recesses of his body” in Part IV?
(a) His blood
(b) His warmth
(c) His spirit
(d) His thoughts

5. The protagonist begins by feeding the fire with twigs the size of what in Part IV?
(a) A sewing needle
(b) His finger
(c) His arm
(d) A pencil

Short Answer Questions

1. Which word from Part V refers to a large mass of snow, detached from a mountain slope and sliding or falling suddenly downward?

2. The protagonist’s socks are described as being like what “halfway to the knees” in Part IV?

3. Which word from Part IV means to be grateful or thankful?

4. The protagonist pictures the boys doing what the next day as he drifts into death in Part VI?

5. Which of the following stylistic elements is used throughout To Build a Fire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the mental state of the protagonist as he builds his fire after falling through the ice in Part IV?

2. How are the protagonist’s socks and shoes described as he tries to remove them in Part IV by the fire?

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

4. Is the protagonist aware of the danger he is in after falling through the ice? What is the danger?

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

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

7. How does the theme of “survival” apply to Part IV of To Build a Fire?

8. What obstacle does the protagonist face with gathering twigs for his fire in Part IV?

9. How does the protagonist’s emotional state evolve as he works on building his second fire in Part V?

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

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