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To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire

  

by Jack London

To Build a Fire: Themes (For the Most Part) True or False

1. How does the main character "lack imagination," according to the narrator? -> He's bad at telling stories.
2. What does the wolf dog's "instinct" tell us about the main character? -> The man probably shouldn't be traveling in such cold weather.
3. What does the narrator's tone suggest about nature in this story? -> That nature doesn't care one way or the other about us.
4. Why is it significant that the man admits that he was wrong to the old-timer from Sulphur Creek at the end of the story? -> It shows that the man becomes humble just before he dies.
5. When the man presses onward in the cold, the dog's primary reaction is: -> Confusion

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