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Fahrenheit 451 Teaching Unit
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- Fahrenheit 451 was first published in 1950. Discuss developments in the story that have come into mainstream society. Do these developments make the story seem more or less believable to you? Explain why.
- Contrast Mildred’s use of the Seashell with Montag’s use of the device Faber invented. One device was treated in the story as evil or negative, and one was portrayed as helpful. Explain the different moral presentations of the devices, their uses, and their importance to the story.
- Discuss the use of symbols in the story, including the phoenix, the salamander, and the number 451.
- Analyze the character of Captain Beatty. Include his role as the captain in the firehouse, his meeting to counsel Montag, his use of literary quotations, his library, and his death.
- Contrast Clarisse McClellan and Mildred Montag.
- Remembering that this novel was written in 1950, contrast the treatment of women in the story with the role of women in society today.
- Discuss your personal opinion of how Fahrenheit 451 describes—or contrasts with—the world today.
- Discuss the use of the Mechanical Hound in the three sections of the story.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: Comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students Questions suitable for essay topics or discussion Vocabulary lists Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.