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Challenge Your Fahrenheit 451 Knowledge

written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 1/17/2012

These Fahrenheit 451 questions will help you to prepare for a class discussion or quiz on the book. They'll test your understanding of the work and get you thinking about the important ideas behind it.

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    Test Yourself

    The ability to answer the following Fahrenheit 451 questions demonstrates an understanding of the novel and portends an 'A' on your next Fahrenheit 451 quiz.

    1. Other than censorship what problems exist in the dystopic society envisioned by Bradbury?
      • Violent youth, fast cars, invasive media, intolerant minority and special interest groups, the disintegration of familial ties, the ostracism of anyone who is unusual, and the ineffectiveness of government schools all play a role in the disintegration of Bradbury's dystopic society.
    2. To what extent have the Fahrenheit 451 predictions listed above come true?
      • Violent crime among youth has increased steadily over the past 20 years. People watch TV on their phone. Political correctness pervades art, media, and politics. American schools have fallen behind their counterparts. Students, for example, often read study guides instead of reading the actual novel.
    3. What do you make of Beatty's ability to quote literature and his desire to destroy books?
      • It is apparent that Beatty has not only read literature but has studied it closely as evidenced by his ability to quote it. Because literature has no definite answer, often contradicts itself, and is fluid in meaning, Beatty despises it. He wants to be in control, but he cannot control the meaning of literature and the study of ideas.
    4. What Fahrenheit 451 predictions not mentioned above have come true?
      • ATMs, unheard of in 1950 when Fahrenheit 451 was originally published, large screen TVs, interactive media (Internet, for example), the proliferation of Caesarian sections, abortion on demand, music and TVs on subways, trains, the dentist office, and grocery stores, the watering down of religion, and an "inefficient, top heavy, tax-mad government" (61) are prevalent today.
    5. Faber defines the value of books. What is it and does it apply only to books?
      • Books have quality, pores, features, texture, depth, telling detail, fresh detail. Good writers touch life. Faber comments that society needs quality, be it books, good TV programs, plays, or thoughtful music, Society needs time to digest the meaning of things and the freedom to act on it.
    6. Why do Faber and Montag feel they must change the way things are?
      • Nobody's happy. Suicides abound. They're always at war.


  • Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books. 1978.