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To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire


by Jack London

To Build a Fire: Symbols 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. What does fire mainly symbolize in this story?

The strength of human courage
Anger at nature's bitter cruelty
Q. The warm spring pools in the creek bed mainly symbolize

The man's frustration
Small comforts in a harsh world
Nature's unpredictability
The man's pride
Q. The dog's reluctance to leave the fire mainly symbolizes

Its instinct to stay warm on such a cold day.
Its attempt to keep the man safe.
Its fear of the boys at the camp.
Its hunger
Q. The man's hands primarily symbolize

The difficult life he's lived
His old age
His ability to survive
His great accomplishments
Q. Why does the narrator always refer to the people already at the camp as "the boys"?

It suggests that the main character wants to get home to his kids.
It shows that the main character doesn't like women.
It shows that the main character thinks he's more mature than them.
It shows that the main character has affection for his friends.