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Lit Final Study Guide Questions
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Who/When wrote Romeo and Juliet?
William Shakespeare, 1597
Who/When wrote Roll of Thunder?
Mildred D. Taylor, 1976
Who/When wrote To Build a Fire?
Jack London, 1908
Contrasts and Contradictions
when a character does something that contrasts with what you'd expect or contradicts his earlier acts or statements, STOP and ask, "Why is the character doing that?"
Words of the Wiser
When a character (probably older and wiser) takes the main character aside and offers serious advice, STOP and ask, "What's the life lesson and how might it affect the character?"
When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something, STOP and ask, "How might this change things?"
Again and Again
When you notice a word, phrase, or situation mentioned over and over, STOP and ask, "Why does this keep happening again and again?"
When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory, STOP and ask yourself, "Why might this memory be important?"
When a character asks himself a very difficult question, STOP and ask yourself, "What does this question make me wonder about?"
Who is the man's companion in To Build a Fire?
What did the old timer of Sulphur Creek say?
Never walk alone under -50.
What is the weather like at day break when the story begins? What do you think this foreshadows for the rest of the story?
it was cold and gray, which foreshadowed darkness was coming
"He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances" (498). What does this tell us about the man? What is his character like?
he was not made to travel alone in this weather
How are the man and the dog similar? How are they different?
similar - both trying to survive and stay alive
different - the dog is born to survive in this habitat
Why doesn't the man worry more about the cold? What is alarming/absurd about his reaction to the frostbite?
he doesn't take it seriously, and isn't afraid of the weather, which is what ends up killing him
Why do you think London continues to emphasize the coldness, and how the man had never felt such cold before?
he is not prepared for the cold, and he does not know how to handle it
Why does London point out that the dog acts from instinct?
the dog does not struggle as much as he does to stay alive
After deciding not to eat his lunch, how does the man's outlook of his situation drastically, albeit briefly, change?
he no longer has the energy to continue his journey
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?
he should have known how to find thin spots, but he is not as experienced as he should be and needs a human partner
In the paragraph where the man reflects on "old-timers" and "men who are men" what do you think of his mentality and beliefs?
he thinks the old timers are babies and they can't travel alone, because they are too scared, then he later realizes that they are right and he could have survived if he had a partner
What happens to the man's fire and why?
it gets put out by snow falling off of a tree above, this is his fault because he knew he should have moved the fire father away from the tree, but he was too lazy
What difficulty occurs when the man finally lights all of his matches at once?
instead of working, he ends up burning his hand
What is the flaw in the man's plan when he begins to run to camp?
the run was way too long and he didn't have the endurance to make it
How does the dog know to leave and head to the camp?
he knew where the other food and fire providers would be
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