To Build a Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 in literature refers to the general attempt to depict subjects as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation?

2. According to the narrator in Part VI, “never in the dog's experience had it known a man to sit like that in the snow and” do what?

3. The man is described as speaking in what way to the dog in Part V, meaning leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal?

4. According to the narrator in Part VI, the protagonist’s plan of running until he reaches camp has one flaw in it. What is this flaw?

5. Who had told the protagonist about the dangers of being wet in such cold temperatures?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the narrator describe the protagonist’s journey when he departs from lunch in Part IV?

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

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

7. How does the protagonist react when the fire is extinguished in Part V?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the imagery that the author uses in depicting the setting of To Build A Fire. Consider lines such as: “the spittle crackled…in the air.” How does this imagery develop the tone and mood of the story? What colors does the author focus on? Why are these significant?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the effects of hypothermia. What causes hypothermia? How is it treated? Where are the effects most often felt first? How do they progress? How are these effects illustrated in To Build A Fire?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the actions of the dog at the end of the story. What is the dog’s reaction to the protagonist’s death? Where does the dog go? Why? What is symbolized in this ending?

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