"To Build a Fire" TEST comes with 25 multiple-choice questions that go from basic comprehension to thoughtful analysis and synthesis. The test comes in 2 versions where the answers are scrambled. If someone with a different version copies another student's paper, every single answer will be wrong.
The test also comes in an editable PowerPoint if you wish to add or change questions.
_____ 6. Which of the following is NOT true of the story?
A. The man has never experienced the degree of cold he does in this story.
B. The dog's instincts are sharper than the man's instincts.
C. The man hopes to get to Henderson Creek by 6:00 p.m.
D. The traveling man never admits the old man at Sulphur Creek was right.
_____ 12. "But all this – the mysterious, far-reaching hair-line trail, the absence of sun from the sky, the tremendous cold, and the strangeness and weirdness of it all – made no impression on the man." Considering what you know about the main character, what conclusion can you draw from this statement about him?
A. He does not consider the weather a true threat.
B. He doesn't let weather put him in a bad mood.
C. He is very careful.
D. He relies on instincts.
_____ 14. When the man begins his journey and notices that it is extremely cold, he thinks to himself, "What were frosted cheeks? A bit painful, that was all; they were never serious." Considering the rest of the story, this statement is an example of ____________________.
_____ 20. Which statement from the story is NOT an example of foreshadowing?
A. "At the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, gray- coated and without any visible or temperamental difference from its brother, the wild wolf."
B. "It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun."
C. "The animal was depressed by the tremendous cold. It knew that it was no time for travelling. Its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to the man by the man's judgment."
D. "He worked slowly and carefully, keenly aware of his danger."