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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the protagonist do in order to get the dog to come with him when he departs from eating lunch in Part III?

2. What does the narrator refer to the protagonist in the story as?

3. On top of the ice of the Yukon is how many feet of snow, according to the narrator in Part I?

4. Which word from Part III refers to something that threatens to cause evil, harm or injury?

5. The trek that the protagonist takes is expected to last how long?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the dog described in To Build a Fire?What is his relationship to the protagonist?

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

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

4. What is symbolized by the lack of a shadow cast by the protagonist in To Build a Fire?

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

6. What danger does the protagonist encounter at Henderson Creek in Part II?

7. How does the protagonist act in the face of the obstacles at Henderson Creek?

8. What does the protagonist do to warm up as he eats his lunch in Part III?

9. What advice did the old-timer give to the protagonist?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the theme of “Survival in the Wilderness” in To Build A Fire.What symbolism and imagery is used to reinforce this theme? How is the theme illustrated through the characters of the man and the dog?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss literary conflict. What are the differences between internal, external, and relational conflict? What are examples of each in To Build A Fire? What type of conflict is the most prominent in the narrative? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the motifs of fire and ice in the story. How do these motifs relate to the story’s themes? What does fire represent to the protagonist? What does ice represent in the story?

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