Fahrenheit 451's Society Compared to Ours


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Ray Bradbury published his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 in:

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1. What is a dystopia?

2. In Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty argues that books are terrible and deserve to be banned because:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many differences between our society and the one in the novel Fahrenheit 451. This combo quiz/worksheet can help you compare and contrast these societies. The quiz will ask you questions about the year of publication and the definition of dystopia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Captain Beatty's argument for banning books
  • Major events of the novel
  • Description of an authoritarian society

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related comparison of the society in Fahrenheit 451 to ours
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as dystopia and authoritarian society
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding major events in the story
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about Captain Beatty

Additional Learning

Explore this comparison in greater detail by reading the lesson, Fahrenheit 451's Society Compared to Ours. Objectives covered are as follows:

  • Discover Bradbury's concern as reflected through the characters Montag and Millie
  • Understand the reasons for Clarissa's family's actions after her death
  • Identify the largest difference between the novel and real life
  • Examine ways in which the story is still important today