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To Build A Fire, Jack London
Transcript of To Build A Fire, Jack London
2. How would you describe the setting in this opening paragraph?
3. What is the mood of this opening paragraph?
4. How does this opening make you feel as a reader?
5. What is the man's reaction to the landscape? Paragraph One - Setting the Stage 6. How would you describe the man in London's story?
7. How experienced is the man? Is he a novice? Prepared?
8.What does the man seem to think of his own abilities?
9. How does the man behave in relation to his environment?
10. Why do you think the narrator doesn't have a name? The Narrator (Protagonist) Finish reading To Build a Fire, and comprehension questions. We'll complete your Essential Questions journal entry first thing next class! 1. What do you think this means? Interpret in your own words.
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them, I shall use my time."
– Jack London 1876-1916
11.How are the man and the dog similar? How are they different?
12.Do you agree or disagree with the man when he sends the dog ahead of himself to aid in his own safety? What would you do?
13.Why does London point out that the dog acts from instinct?
14.While eating, what startles the man? Why is this important?
15.After deciding not to eat his lunch, how does the man’s outlook of his situation drastically, albeit briefly, change?
16.When he falls in the river, the man curses his bad luck. Do you agree with where he places his blame? Why or why not?
17.What happens to the man’s fire and why?
18.What difficulty occurs when the man finally lights all of his matches at once?
19.What is the flaw in the man’s plan when he begins to run to camp?
20.How does the dog know to leave and head to the camp? Questions for After Reading