1. The Hearth and the Salamander: From Opening to Montag’s return home

1. What do the "firemen" do for a living?

The Firemen help burn books and burn anything that causes unhappiness.
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?

As the books burned, they turned grey, like a pigeon, and the pages burned gray and were in the air, like a bird.

3. What does Montag think of his job?

He’s very confident in his job, but maybe he is doubting his job because he’s doing the opposite of his job.  

4. Who does Montag meet on the way home?

A Girl named Clarisse.

5. During his conversation, Montag says that "You never wash it off completely" referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically?

It could mean that you never get rid of the substance/object that started your “fire”. That some trace of evidence will always be on you.

6. Whydo you think that Bradbury would introduce Clarisse before Montag's wife, Mildred?

Because In this book, the woman named Clarisse will be more important than Mildred.

2. The Hearth and the Salamander: Montag in his room to the rain scene with Clarisse

7. Why does Mildred need help when Montag gets home?

She Overdosed.

8. Describe the help that she receives.

They cleaned out the body.

9. Is there anything unusual about the way the two men go about helping Mildred? How is it unusual?

No MD’s, and they were 2 random people who just happened to be there.

10. How is life in Montag's house very different from that of Clarisse's house?

It’s more dull and roundabout, while Clarrise is more exciting.

11. How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night's experience?

She wakes up like nothing has happened and is delirious that she overdosed.  

12. What does Mildred do all day?

Listen to Music, watch TV.

13. Describe the setup of Montag's TV room.

3 of the walls are TV’s.

14. What is Clarisse doing when Montag sees her next?  

She is walking in the rain, dandelion rubs on the chin, walks in the rain, and many other experiments.

15. How is Clarisse different than Mildred?

Clarisse is much younger and more exciting, and makes you think.

3. The Hearth and the Salamander: Fire station to the old woman on Elm Street

16. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?

It’s purpose is to track a chemical compound and kill it.

17. What is the hound's reaction to Montag?

He doesn’t like him.

18. Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?

Because she is different.

19. At the next fire, what does Montag take?

A Book.

4. The Hearth and the Salamander: Montag and Mildred at home to Beatty’s arrival

20. Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge. What is it?

That he knows different pieces of information, .

21. What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep?

She uses sleeping pills.

22. Who is Mildred's "family"?

The TV Television Show.

23. What has happened to Clarisse? How did it happen?

She got hit by a car, and died for days ago.

24. What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse?

She acted like it was she didn’t go.

5. The Hearth and the Salamander: Beatty’s visit to the end of the section

25. These pages contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world.

1.  Everyone wants to be happy.

2. Everyone and everything has gotten faster, no time to enjoy.

3. Many things are distractions.

6. The Sieve and the Sand: Opening to visit with Faber

26. When was the last liberal arts college shut down?

40 Years Ago

27.   T/F: Professor Faber thought Montag’s call was some sort of trap.


28. Why did Faber’s fear dissipate when Montag was standing outside his door?

He was holding a book.

29. What did Montag want from Faber?

To destroy the Firemen, and to make copies of books.

30. T/F: Faber reminded Montag that people who are having fun are reluctant to become rebels.


31   How did Montag finally get Faber to consider really helping him?

32. T/F The Queen Bee analogy underscored Faber’s cowardice.


33.    What to items were exchanged before Montag left the professor’s house?

Whiskey and Clothing.

7. The Sieve and the Sand: After Montag/Faber visit to the end of the section

34.    What is the volcano’s mouth?

An Incinerator

35.    T/F Montag pulled the plug on the living room fish bowl

F .

36.    T/F Faber objected to Montag’s poetry reading.


37.    Which lady was affected by the original intent of the poetry?

Mrs. Phelps

38.    T/F In the late hours of the night, Faber refused to console Montag for foolishly reading poetry to the poor, silly women.


39.    Listening to Captain Beatty play his harp and needle Montag had what effect upon Guy?

40.  What interrupted the poker game?

A Fire Alarm/ A Book Alert

41.Captain Beatty drove the Salamander to whose house?

Montag’s House

8. Burning Bright: Opening to 2nd visit w/ Faber

42. How has Beatty given Montag hints that he is under suspicion?

He has sent the Hound around his place.

43. Who must have brought the books back from the garden?


44. Who turned in an alarm against Montag?


45. What happened to Montag’s green bullet?

Captain Beatty knew it was there, took it out, and put it in his pocket.

46. What did Montag do to Beatty? Why?

Montag shot Captain Beatty with the flame thrower, and in result. Beatty died.

47. What is Montag’s plan to escape?

He plans to go to Faber’s house.

48. How much money did Montag give Faber?

A Hundred Dollars

49. How many scents can the mechanical hound remember?

10,000 odor indexes on 10,000 men.

50. Why did Montag want Faber to turn on the air conditioning and sprinklers?

So it would make it appear that he was never there, the air conditiong to wipe his odor scent, and the sprinklers to wipd off the sidewalks,

9. Burning Bright: Leaving Faber to Montag’s “death”

51. Interpret “Twenty million Montag's running, soon, if the cameras caught him.”

It could mean that Moontag might as well be everywhere but the cameras can never find him.  

52. Why did the search for Montag veer inland?

Because they could not find Montag so they went inland to find a substitute.

53. Who died in Montag’s place?

A stranger.

10. Burning Bright: Montag’s “death” to the end of the novel

54. What did Granger mean by “Welcome back from the dead”?

Montag is officially “dead” according to everyone and the media.

55. When Granger and other like minded people are stopped by authorities, why isn’t any incriminating evidence found?

Because Granger and other like minded people had burnt their books after they have read it.

56. Do you have a sense that there are other “book chapters” in other towns?  What proof do you have?

Yes, the proof is that there are other people in other towns who have read their books, and they have memorized chapters of books they have read.

57. What does Granger mean by his quote “You’re not important. You’re not anything.”? 

It means that we aren’t important because we are not using the information we have learned from reading books to help people as soon as we could.

58. Explain the implications of the events in the last 4-5 pages

The events that took place in the last 4 pages were the moments after the bombing of the city, and a conversation of how many cities in the nation ( or the world) would be dead like this, This implicates that the world is dead. .