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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. How wide is the Yukon, according to the narrator in Part I?

2. What does the protagonist do to help the dog after it falls through the ice in Part II?

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

4. What does the protagonist chew as he travels in the narrative?

5. What does the dog do when it has ice formed between its toes from falling into the water in Part II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the protagonist eat quickly when he stops for lunch in Part III?

5. What is the point of view of the narrative in To Build a Fire?

6. What is the setting of To Build a Fire?What clues indicate this setting?

7. Where does the protagonist decide to eat lunch in the narrative? Why?

8. How does the narrator describe the protagonist’s experience of the cold in Part III?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the point of view of the narrative in To Build A Fire. What is the narrator’s relationship to the protagonist? What effect does this point of view have on the reader? How does it help to establish the tone of the piece?

Essay Topic 2

Define character action, objective, and obstacle in literature, and analyze the actions and obstacles of the protagonist in Parts I and II. How does the protagonist act in the face of the obstacle of the springs? What is the protagonist’s objective at the beginning of the story? What obstacles stand in his way? How does he overcome each of these obstacles?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the protagonist’s experience of cold in the narrative. What effects does the cold have on the man? How does the cold affect the dog? What role does the cold have in the plot progression of the story?

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