Fahrenheit 451 eNotes Reading Response Prompts

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  • Released October 07, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 15 pages
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  • Paper spontaneously catches fire and burns at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Why do you think the author chose this temperature as a title for his novel? Do you think it is a good title? Why or why not? What are some other titles that might fit?
  • At the very beginning of Fahrenheit 451, Montag always feels like he is smiling. How does this change after he meets Clarisse McClellan? Why do you think it changes? Has she made him unhappy, or was he just unaware he was unhappy before now? Use evidence from the text to back up your answers.
  • When Mildred almost dies, why do handymen come to save her instead of a doctor? Based on what the handymen say, do you think crises like Mildred’s are common or uncommon? What does this suggest about the overall happiness—or unhappiness—of people in the society of the novel?
  • According to Captain Beatty, anything that makes people think deeply is the enemy of happiness. Do you agree or disagree? What do you think happiness is?
  • Professor Faber says that nature and friendship can teach the lessons Montag is trying to learn from books. Why hasn’t Montag already learned these lessons? Why do you think he chooses to keep pursuing the knowledge in books, even though it is risky to do so?
  • Why do you think Montag gets angry during Mildred’s visit with Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles? Do these women make you angry, or do you feel sorry for them? Why do you feel the way you do?
  • How does Montag help Faber avoid a visit from the mechanical hound? Why do you think Montag, in his hurry, stops to find out if the hound’s mechanical nose is fooled? In your opinion, is Montag selflessly concerned for his friend, or is he simply making sure his disguise (Faber’s old, smelly clothes) is not compromised?


These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.