What do the “firemen” do for a living? Why is this ironic?
They burn houses which is ironic because originally a fireman’s mission was to put out fires.
In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?
The books are compared to birds because as the books are burning, they take “flight.”
According to pages 3-4, what does Montag think of his job?
Montag loves his job and is thrilled by it.
Who does Montag meet on his way home?
He meets Clarisse McClellan, a 17 year old girl who is a free spirit.
During his conversations, Montag says, “You never wash it off completely” referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically?
This refers to both the strong odor of the fuel and to the act of destroying the books.
Why do you think that Bradbury would introduce Clarisse before Montag’s wife, Mildred?
It is to show the differences between them and to use Clarisse as a stark contrast to Mildred.
Why does Mildred need help when Montag gets home?
Mildred overdosed on sleeping pills and is near death.
Describe the help that she recieves.
Two men hook up tubes that pump her stomach as well as pump in new blood.
Is there anything unusual about the way the two men go about helping Mildred? How is it unusual?
They are very impersonal about the ordeal. The men say this happens so frequently that they aren’t doctors, just technicians.
How is life in Montag’s house very different from that of Clarisse’s house?
In Montag’s house, Mildred and Guy hardly ever talk or communicate in any way. Mildred is always in the “parlor” and Guy is often at work. At Clarisse’s house, she and her family interact and care for each other.
How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night’s experience?
Mildred doesn’t remember what had happened and feels quite hungry.
What does Mildred do all day?
Mildred watches TV or listens to her music from her earpieces (seashells).
Describe the setup of Montag’s TV room?
There are TV walls on three sides of the parlor.
What is Clarisse doing when Montag sees her the second time?
Clarisse is walking in the rain and tasting the raindrops.
How is Clarisse different than Mildred?
Clarisse is different from Mildred because she has thoughts about the world for what it really; Mildred’s “family” is tv characters.
What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
The mechanical hound is an eight-legged spider/dog and its purpose is to track down and kill people in possession of books.
What is the hound’s reaction to Montag?
The hound growls at him.
Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?
Society considers Clarisse “anti-social” because she thinks differently and doesn’t engage in the activities of other kids.
At the next fire, what does Montag take?
Montag takes the books and hides them in his ceiling.
On page 40, Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge. What is it?
Beatty knows information that is contained in books, indicating he has read them.