Study Guide for Fahrenheit 451: "The Hearth and The Salamander"

What do firmen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451?
Burn books
What is written on the firmen’s helmets?
451
What are the two professional symbols that Montag wears?
A salamander and a phoenix disc
What does Montag sag he always smells like?
Kerosene, also known as gas
Who does Montag run into on his way home?
A girl, Clarisse McClellan
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firmen?
We see them as heroes in modern time, they burn stuff instead of putting stuff out
How do the doors work?
Scan your hand/ slide
What is etched on Montag’s igniter?
Salamander
What did Montage hit with his foot?
Empty pill bottle
What is Montag’s wife’s name?
Mildred
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do?
Pump stomach out, outs blood in
Where does the laughter that Mintag hears come from?
Clarisse’s house
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do!
Butters the toast/ it has a hand
What did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember?
Nothing/ They had a party
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon?
Interactive TV show
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford?
3 TV walls/ wants a 4th TV
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why?
Dandelion/ to see if she was in love
What dies Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know?
Why does she act that way
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like others”?
He talks + listens to her
Describe the Mechanical Hound.
Metal/ 8 legs/ needle
What do the firemen bet on dull nights?
Which animal will get caught 1st
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound?
Growls
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse?
The pole
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did?
Someone programmed it to kill him
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag?
2 times
Why has Montag never had children?
Mildred doesn’t want any
What is different about Montag’s laugh?
Relaxed
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451.
No one talks/ no one ask questions
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial?
She’s very social
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past.
Violence/ conversations
What did the radio in the firehouse say?
“War will be declared” soon
What happens to people that try to fool the government?
Asylum / House + books burn
Why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”?
He’s read it before
What is the history of Firemen of America
1790, Ben Franklin was the first fireman
How is the fire engine described?
Orange Dragon
What was different at the woman’s? What did Montag not like about the way things were being done?
She was in the house / there was a person there
What does Montag do with the book that lands in his hand?
He hides it
What does Beatty say to the woman about the books?
They are nonsense
Who started the fire at the woman’s house?
The woman
What piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that or refers back to something the woman had said?
He knows where the quote can from
What questions does Montag ask his wife when he finally talks to her?
Do you remember when we 1st met
What does Montag cry about?
Crying about not crying if his wife died immediately
What does Montag notice about the television shows?
There is no storyline
What does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag?
Clarisse is dead
What did Montag imagine being outside his window?
Mechanical hound
What excuse is Montag trying to use to avoid going to work?
Sick
Why does Montag not want to go work anymore? What are some revelations has he had?
The questions of burning books, they are someone’s life work, it took a long time to write
Who comes to visit Montag?
Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow?
A book
What word became a swear word?
Intellectual
Why does society lower the kindergardwn age year after year?
Brainwashing
According to Captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do?
Don’t give them a side to a political question
What does Beatty say about firemen taking books?
24 hours to burn or they’ll burn them for him
According to Clarisse’s uncle, why did the architects get rid of front porches?
So people wouldn’t talk or think
About how many books had Montag hidden in the ventilator?
20
What happens right before Mongah and Mildred being to read the books?
Beatty is at the door
Guy Montag
Tall, dark hair, shaved face, almost blue singed by flames. Marriage with Mildred is like acquaintances. Only one that listens and talks to Clarisse. He is a fireman because his grandfather and father were firemen.
Mildred Montag
Montag’s wife. Always whining. Marriage with Montag is like acquaintances. Unstable and relatively greedy, very impatient.
Clarissa McClellan
Seventeen, not normal, “anti-social”. Acts older than her age. Questions Guy frequently. Listens to her uncle, who knows about things people don’t know. Guy is the only person that listens to her. She spends her time in the forests if she’s not talking to Guy.
Captain Beatty
Bully, kinda smart. He’s smart because he’s aware of the history of the firemen. No longer sensitive to things.