English 12 ENG12PLC
Critical Reading Questions: First Glance and Afterword
A) Write down the title of this novel. Explain its significance. What does it mean? Why do you think this title was chosen?
B) How is this novel organized? No chapters? Explain.
C) What is the title of part 1?
D) What is a hearth? What kinds of associations does this word evoke?
E) What is a salamander (in a mythical context)? What might this image evoke?
F) Part 2: “ The Sand and the Sieve” What might that mean? What does this image suggest?
G) Part 3: “Burning Bright” What might that mean? What do you think is burning?
H) Desribe the first paragraph of this novel. How does it work? What does it do for the reader?
I) Describe the imagery of the second paragraph.
J) The first four paragraphs depend on unexpected or surprising images. Explain this.
Afterword (page 173-179)
K) When was this novel written? Where? Why there? On what kind of technology?
L) What does the writer say about the connection between the content of the novel and the place where it was written?
M) Into what two art forms was the novel later adapted? Who is Francois Truffaut?
N) What does the writer reveal about the names Montag and Faber?