Discussion Questions For Fahrenheit 451 Part 1

What are some open ended questions for part 1 of Fahrenheit 451?

I need open ended questions for part 1.

Answers would be greatly appreciated but are not needed.

Expert Answers
missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

An open-ended question means there is a variety of answers possible and that there isn't a yes or no. I just define this to ensure that we are on the same page. Answers will always vary with open ended questions.

1. How does Montag feel about the events that have transpired with Clarisse?

2. What about Montag's marriage differs from our expectations of marriage today?

3. Defend Montag's sickness as physical, emotional, or both.

4. How would you describe Captain Beatty?

5. What are features of this society that should frighten a reader if they came true in a society today?

6. If it is against the law to have books, why would a law-enforcing person like Montag break the law?

katie86 | Student

1) During his conversation with his neighbor Clarisse McClellan, Montag says that "You never wash it off completely" referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically?

2) Clarisse asks Montag a final question after their first encounter. Why is this question important to the plot?

3) What does the existence of the mechanical hound & its purpose say about the society that Montag lives in?

4) Clarisse tells Montag about an her uncle who was arrested. What does this arrest indicate about the society in which they live?

5) What do you think the author meant when he said “How rarely did other people’s faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought”? What does this question reveal about Montag’s state of mind?

6) Mildred’s earpieces have been described as “electronic bees,” “mosquito hums,” and “hidden wasps.”  Why do you think Bradbury compares these devices to insects?

7) What do people talk about in this society? How is this different from our own society? Why do you think Clarisse has such a problem with everything being “abstract”?

8) Why do you think the woman stays in her house while it is burning?

9) How do you feel about Bradbury’s predictions of school? Are there any truths to this assessment?

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