Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, "The Hearth and the Salamander"
"The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury
"Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Without looking at any images online, try to imagine what the Mechanical Hound looks like. We know he has 8 legs and is made of brass and copper and steel. It has rubber-padded paws and a proboscis for injections. Draw a picture of what you imagine the Hound looks like, and include a person or another object for size comparison.
Examine Clarisse McClellan's dialogue. She has two conversations with Guy Montag in the first twenty pages -- one where she talks about race car drivers and people watching and billboards, and the other where she talks about dandelions and tasting rain. Using only words and phrases from her speech lines in these two conversations, construct a poem with the title, "Are You Happy?"
The society in Fahrenheit 451 has done away with books, and front porches, and also spankings and representational art. What sorts of things have replaced them? Using examples from the book, write a 250 word essay describing what people in the book do instead of read. You will find a lot of material in Clarisse McClellan's speech right before she disappears. In your conclusion, you can take your reader to a "new place" by identifying which of these activities are familiar in our world.
Mildred and Guy Montag are both characters that harbor internal contradictions. Guy is a fireman and yet he has doubts about his job, and rescues and hides books. Mildred appears to be perfectly happy, and yet she also has another side. Using examples from the book, write a 250 word essay describing the two sides of Mildred Montag. You can take your reader to a "new place" in the conclusion by discussing what this contradiction means for Bradbury's broader characterization of people in this society.
Who said it? Answer with the character's name.
1. Kerosene is nothing but perfume to me.
2. Do you ever read any of the books you burn?
3. I think that's fine!
4. It doesn't think anything we don't want it to think.
5. Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
6. There must be something in the books, things we can't imagine.
7. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal.
8. Sometimes I drive all night and come back and you don't know it. It's fun out in the country. You hit rabbits, sometimes you hit dogs.
These four are from the short story, "The Fog Horn."
9. Ray Bradbury really likes similes. Give five examples from the story.
10. What two substances does he narrator see in the monster's eyes?
11. Why does the monster attack the lighthouse?
12. According to McDunn, what does the monster learn?