To Build a Fire Questions and Answers
In Jack London's story "To Build a Fire," what does the relationship between the dog and the man reveal? Which signs that the dog senses does the man ignore, and which leads to his mistake?
In "To Build A Fire," by Jack London, 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?
London writes, “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?
What are three things the man in "To Build a Fire" could have done to make his trip more successful?
How does the conclusion of the story contribute to its overall meaning? Consider the fates of both the man and the dog in your answer.
What is the significance of the title, "To Build a Fire"? Could you please explain the significance of the title.
Why do you think the protagonist in "To Build a Fire" is referred to as "the man" as opposed to being given a name?
In "To Build a Fire," what are the traps that the man tries to avoid and what happens despite his attempt to avoid them?
What is the point of view of "To Build a Fire" by Jack London? Is it dramatic, first person, or omniscient? Can you give some quoted examples that prove the point of view? How does the point of view affect the story?
How is the relationship between the man and the dog discussed at first? How does the man and dogs relationship symbolize the man's relationship to his environment?
What are the similarities and differences between "To Build a Fire" by Jack London and "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry?
What are three things the man could have done differently to make his trip more successful? The man recalls things that the old timer from Sulpher Creek had told him he should do in order to survie in the Yukon.
What are the main differences between the 1902 and 1908 versions of "To Build a Fire" by Jack London?
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