1.The novel Fahrenheit 451 begins : “It was a pleasure to burn.” Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them?
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?
3. Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives.
4. Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.” The
“wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and,
therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within
the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the
novel,does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his
wife, Mildred? Why or why not?
5. Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his
life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s overdose?
6. Why does the author introduce the character of Clarisse before Mildred?
7. Why are all the houses fireproof in this society?
8. Why does Mildred require emergency service? What service is provided?
9. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
10. Why does the society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?
11. When the woman’s house is raided, why does she light the match?
12. Describe the relationship between Montag and Mildred.
13. What is the purpose of Beatty's visit?
14. Reread Captain Beatty’s monologue (pp.57-59). Discuss his view
that school cultivates anti-intellectual sentiment (p.58). In your
opinion does it accurately depict your high school? Do books violate
the idea that ”everyone is made equal” (p.58)?
15. Why does Montag feel “fat”?