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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 ending of the earlier version of To Build a Firediffer from the later and more popularized version?
(a) The protagonist lives
(b) Bob arrives
(c) The old-timer shows up
(d) The dog dies

2. The protagonist thinks to himself in Part IV, “All a man had to do was” what “and he was all right”?
(a) Keep his head
(b) Remember his training
(c) Work with nature
(d) Pay attention

3. How far away does the dog run before halting and surveying the protagonist after he releases it in Part V?
(a) 85 feet
(b) 40 feet
(c) 15 feet
(d) 150 feet

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

5. Mercury was a messenger in Roman mythology who wore what?
(a) A silver helmet
(b) Winged sandals
(c) A golden crown
(d) An invisible cape

Short Answer Questions

1. What color is a central motif in To Build a Fire?

2. When did a man from Sulphur Creek tell the protagonist about the dangers of being wet in the cold?

3. Mercury was the son of what god in Roman mythology?

4. Where does the dog go in the end of the story?

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

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. What does the dog do as the protagonist attempts to build his second fire in Part V? What obstacle does the protagonist face in getting the tinder going?

3. What is symbolized by the ending of the story and the dog’s actions?

4. Why does the dog do as the protagonist fades from existence in Part VI?

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

6. What does the protagonist do after his fire is extinguished in Part V? What danger does he face?

7. How is the protagonist able to separate the matches in Part V? How does he attempt to light a match once he does?

8. How does the protagonist go about building a fire after his fall in Part IV?

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

10. What does the protagonist hope to do as a last resort in Part VI? What happens?

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