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"TO BUILD A FIRE" STUDY QUESTIONS

 1.     How would you describe the man in London's story?

       2.     How experienced is the man? Is he a novice? Prepared?

       3.     What does the man seem to think of his own abilities?

       4.     How does the man behave in relation to his environment?

       5.     How would you describe the setting in this opening paragraph?

       6.    What is the mood of this opening paragraph?

 

      7.     How does this opening make you feel as a reader?

 

      8.     What is the man's reaction to the landscape?

      9.  How is the relationship between the man and the dog discussed at first?

    10.  What did the dog instinctively understand that the man did not?

 

    11.  How does the man and dog's relationship symbolize the man's relationship to his  environment?

    12.  What does the man's failure to "build a fire" symbolize?

    13.  Does the man have either knowledge or instinct?

 

    14.  Did the man finally gain knowledge at the end of the story?

 

    15. What is the significance of the dog's final movement towards civilization at the end of the  story? What does this suggest about the dog's relationship to nature? Is instinct driving  this movement?

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