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To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire


by Jack London

To Build a Fire: Snow Survivor Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around To Build a Fire? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. According to the narrator of "To Build a Fire," how cold does it have to be for spit to crackle in the air?

Colder than fifty below
Fifty-five below
Sixty below
Seventy below
Q. What does the narrator mean by saying that "one hundred and seven degrees of frost obtained?" (6)

The frost is really heating up
It's time to call it quits and face death
It is seventy-five degrees below zero, one hundred and seven degrees below freezing, and it's cold enough for spit to crackle in the air
It's time to eat some bacon
Q. What does the man carry in his pocket to help him kindle a fire?

Dried moss
Birch Bark
Dog hair
Q. The man's idea of killing his dog and warming his hands inside it are inspired by a similar story about a man who killed a:

Q. In his final panicked run for the camp, the man compares himself to a "winged Mercury" (36) because:

He feels as though someone is carrying him
His body starts to feel hot
He feels invincible
He cannot feel his feet hitting the ground