Fahrenheit 451

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Section 10

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

I guess this could mean something in two ways. The way that the government faked his death by using another person, and how he finally broke free of society, and his old life.

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

This is because there really isn't any physical evidence that is found (such as books and other literary works). All of the men in this group have memorized poems and stories and burned the books prior to being searched so they wouldn't get in trouble.

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

Yes, because Granger had once said there was another man in another town who remembered, "The Book of Ecclesiastes" other than Montag.

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

It means that Montag's life is really insignificant, and doesn't mean anything, really. Also, Granger is referring to his group in which there aren't any leaders or anything. Everyone didn't mean anything, and they were all equal.

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

In the events that occured during the last 5 pages of Fahrenheit 451, it really shows Bradbury's viewpoints on the future and society (Ray Bradbury isn't trying to predict the future though, he's just trying to prevent it.). Though Ray Bradbury sees a society that falls apart in the future, he still sees that there is hope. The men in Granger's group are all successful people (in a sense), and Montag joins them to help rebuild society from the ashes.

Section 9

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51. Interpret "Twenty million Montag's running, soon, if the cameras caught him."?
This is described as how many people were watching TV, and watching Montag run away from the police. This is also used to show how Montag wanted to run faster, and to push himself harder to get away from everything (the police, the government, and his old life).
 

52. Why did the search for Montag veer inland?

The police never truly found Montag. The search was lasting so long so they decided to find a "scapegoat".

53. Who died in Montag's place?

An innocent man walking down the street with a cigarette.

Section 8

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

Throughout the course of the story, Beatty gives out many hints of how he suspects Montag of keeping books. One of the first major ones was when he was giving Montag a lecture about the history of firemen, and the history of books (he even said that every firemen would be curious enough to steal a book once or twice in his career - this implies that Beatty might know something abuot Montag). Another would be how he sent the Hound to Montag's house, and his constant comments and questions about books.

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

Mildred Montag (his wife).

44. Who turned in an alarm against Montag?

A couple of people had first turned in the alarm against Montag (like Mildred's friends), but it was Mildred who initially made the major call.

45. What happened to Montag’s green bullet?

It fell out when Beatty hit him.

46. What did Montag do to Beatty? Why?

He burned Beatty to death. Montag had said that Beatty was "asking for it" since he didn't move out of the way, didn't really struggle and that he had a weird look on his face.

47. What is Montag’s plan to escape?

Montag plans to go to the river on the edge of the city, then from there, he would find the railroad track to find a group of men (that look like hoboes) that are real actual thinkers and know what they want out of life.

48. How much money did Montag give Faber?

Montag gave Faber 100 dollars.

49. How many scents can the mechanical hound remember?

The mechanical hound can remember up to 10,000 scents.

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

So that the smell and scent of Montag would be blown or washed away. This is so the Mechanical Hound doesn't smell him.

Section 7

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34. What is the volcano’s mouth?

The volcano's mouth is the incinerator.

35. T/F Montag pulled the plug on the living room fish bowl.
No, this is false. He pulled the plug from the TV.

36. T/F Faber objected to Montag’s poetry reading.
Yes, this is true. He didn't want Montag to seem like a fool and blow their cover.

37. Which lady was affected by the original intent of the poetry?
Mrs. Phelps was affected the most by the poem because she started crying after Montag was finished reading. It isn't implied why she's crying, but the readers can guess that it's because her life is empty.

38. T/F In the late hours of the night, Faber refused to console Montag for foolishly reading poetry to the poor, silly women.
No, this is false.

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

When Captain Beatty spits out all this poetry and literature at Montag, Montag becomes severely confused. Because of this, Montag is about to give up and blow his cover.

40.  What interrupted the poker game?
The fire alarm (or the "book" fire alarm).

41. Captain Beatty drove the Salamander to whose house?
He drove the Salamander to Montag's house. Apparently, Mildred had called in the alarm (she also had a cab prepared and was ready to leave her life behind).

Section 6

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26. When was the last liberal arts college shut down?
According to the Montag, he had said, "forty years ago when the last liberal arts college shut for lack of students and patronage." This probably means that the last liberal arts college must have shut down forty years prior the start of the book.

27.   T/F: Professor Faber thought Montag’s call was some sort of trap.
This is true since Faber was scared and afraid of Montag when he was calling him on the phone. To quote him, Faber even said, "This is some sort of a trap! I can't talk to just anyone on the phone!" when he was talking on the phone with Montag.

28. Why did Faber’s fear dissipate when Montag was standing outside his door?
Faber's fear disappeared when he saw that Montag wasn't with anyone else, and that he was alone.

29. What did Montag want from Faber?
Montag wanted help with his plan to bring books and thinkers back into the world. Montag also wanted Faber to teach him how to read, how to think, and how to really live his life.

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

Yes, this is true, since Faber had said, "So few want to be rebels any more. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily. Can you dance faster than the White Clown, shout louder than 'Mr. Gimmick' and the parlour 'families'? If you can, you'll win your way, Montag. In any event, you're a fool. People are having fun."
People are having too much fun to notice what the government is doing.

31   How did Montag finally get Faber to consider really helping him?
He started ripping out the pages of the Bible.

32. T/F The Queen Bee analogy underscored Faber’s cowardice.
Yes, this is true. Faber talks about how he's a "coward" and stays safe in his home all day doing nothing (and being safe), while other men out in the world die. No matter how many men are bringing out "the plan" with travelling electronic ear devices, they'll eventually be found and killed while Faber would stay safe at home (like a Queen Bee).

33. What two items were exchanged before Montag left the professor’s house?
The two items that were exchanged were the Bible (given to Faber from Montag) and the green bullet to put in Montag's ear (Faber to Montag).

Section 5

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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.
In Beatty's speech, there are many things that are true about our modern world today. The way he says that people only live for pleasure and instant gratitude:

"So bring on your clubs and parties, your acrobats and magicians, your daredevils, jet cars, motorcycle helicopters, your sex and heroin, more of everything to do with automatic to do with the automatic reflex."
Most people in society truly DO only want the instant gratification. All play and no work. No reading or thinking...just pleasure and fun. Of course, I'm not saying that's a bad thing...but the intelligence of our country (at least the USA) seems to be decreasing. It seems like these days, all teenagers talk (and do) about is sex and drugs and parties and clubbing and cars and gossip.

Another thing that is brought up in Beatty's long monologue is the controversy over books and how many people disagree on certain matters:

"Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag. Take your fight outside. Better yet, into the incinerator. Funerals are unhappy and pagan? Eliminate them, too. Five minutes after a person is dead he's on his way to the Big Flue, the Incinerators serviced by helicopters all over the country. Ten minutes after death a man's a speck of black dust. Let's not quibble over individuals with memoriams. Forget them. Burn them all, burn everything. FIre is bright and fire is clean."
The beginning of this paragraph is quite true, since there are many banned and controversial books in the world. However, it isn't quite as serious as the futuristic society Bradbury describes in his book. If there is a large group of people that are upset over a certain issue, the government will try to fix the issue (if it's about books, then they'll ban or destroy them) to make people happy.

Another thing that Beatty talks about is how people that are "unordinary" are usually the people who are suspicious or declared to be weird in society:

"Here or there, that's bound to occur. Clarisse McClellan? We've a record on her family. We've watched them carefully. Heredity and environment are funny things. You can't rid yourselves of all the odd ducks in just a few years. The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. That's why we've lwoered the kindergarten age year after year until now we're almost snatching them from the cradle. We had some false alarms on the McClellans, when they lived in Chicago. Never found a book. Uncle had a mixed record; anti-social. The Girl? She was a time bomb. The family had been feeding her subconscious, I'm sure, from what I saw of her school record. She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarassing. You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it. The poor girl's better off dead."
I'm not sure why, but when most people in the modern world see a different person, they deem them to be a bad or weird individual. 

Section 4

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

When Beatty talks, it is revealed that he?s very wise and knows a lot about the fireman industry. He knows the ups and downs, the pros and cons, and the common (and uncommon) events that take place in a man?s life during the course of his fireman job.

 

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

Mildred uses sleeping pills to go to sleep.

 

22. Who is Mildred's "family"?

Mildred?s family is the people inside the TV screens.

 

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

Clarisse had supposedly gotten killed by walking as a pedestrian and getting hit by a car.

 

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

Mildred seemed to tell Montag about Clarisse?s death without any feeling, guilt or remorse. She just said it like it was a common thing.

Section 3

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

A mechanical hound is known as a modern killer, you can program it to kill anything it wants (the fire chief described it as a, ?perfect weapon that finds its own target and guarantees the bulls eye every time.?).

 

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

When Montag goes over to the hound, it growls at him, which makes Montag assume that there?s someone who programmed it to dislike him.

 

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

They say she?s ?anti-social? because she isn?t like the other teenagers. She doesn?t want to hang out with them, because they?re filled with murdering thoughts, and dangerous liaisons.


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

Montag takes a book.

Section 2

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

Mildred needs help from Montag because when he got home, he had found the once-full sleeping pills now emptied because of his wife (presumably, she had taken all of them). 

 

8. Describe the help that she receives.

Two doctors help Mildred by using a machine to suck out her blood, and replace it with fresh new blood and serum.

 

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

The thing that’s unusual is that they don’t seem to really care if Mildred lives or not. The way they’re talking about the medical effects seem really heartless, and with no heavy meaning to them when relating it to Mildred (Montag’s wife). They’re busy smoking and rudely asking for money while Montag is worried about his wife.

 

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

In Clarisse’s home, there’s more laughter and happiness between each other. In Montag’s house, he describes it as a mausoleum, where it was cold and dark.

 

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

She doesn’t seem to take things so seriously. When she wakes up, she realizes that she is very hungry and assumes that she has a hangover (or something along those lines) because of a wild party. She has no clue about what happened the previous night, and was in denial after Montag had told her the truth.

 

12. What does Mildred do all day?

She doesn’t really do much except watch TV, and laze around…basically doing nothing.

 

 

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

3 of the 4 walls in this room are just fully made out of TVs. There’s only one wall that’s a normal wall, and even Mildred thinks that she needs another TV.

 

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

She’s standing in the rain, and trying to catch all the raindrops in her mouth.

Section 1

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

From what is described so far in the book, firemen burn things and set things on fire for a living. They usually use kerosene to start a burning fire. As far as we know now, firemen mainly burn books because it?s against the law to read.

 

2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?

It is said that the fictional bird, the phoenix, lights on fire and then turns to ashes when it dies. When books are burned, they also turn into ashes. However, phoenixes are able to give birth to a new ?baby phoenix? out of the ashes. It also seems like books are able to ?set you free? and take you somewhere else. Like birds, they can fly anywhere and go anywhere they want ? having an alternate sort of freedom.

 

3. What does Montag think of his job?

It seems that Montag adores his job. The way he polishes his fireman helmet, and hangs up his coat neatly shows care and pride for his work.

 

4. Who does Montag meet on the way home?

Montag meets a graceful yet slightly quirky woman named Clarisse McClellan on the way home (she says that she?s, ?seventeen and insane?).

 

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

Symbolically, I guess this could mean that once you do something, you can?t turn back in time and take it back. If you run away from something, you can?t escape your problems completely. Or if you?ve cheated on your husband and successfully hid it from him, the guilt and fault still stays with you. Symbolically, it just means that whatever you do, you can never fully take back.

 

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

Most likely, this means that Clarisse plays a much larger role than Montag?s wife, Mildred. Usually the characters introduced at the main start of a novel play a significant role as the protagonist or the antagonist.


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