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The Salamander as a Symbol in Fahrenheit 451

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In literature, the definition of a symbol is _____.

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1. The salamander is a slimy amphibian that was once thought to have _____.

2. In regards to the theme of the novel Fahrenheit 451, the salamander most closely represents _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

For a relatively small amphibian, salamanders have had great significance in mythology and alchemy. This quiz/worksheet combo will test you concerning what the salamander represents in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, what it means to the firemen, its relationship to Montag's life and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz combination tests you on:

  • Definition of a symbol
  • What a salamander was supposed to be able to do
  • Qualities that the salamander is supposed to represent
  • Connection between the firemen and the salamander

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the themes of Fahrenheit 451 to understand what the salamander symbolizes
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about how Montag's life and the salamander's are related
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why the salamander is important to the firefighters

Additional Learning

To find out more, access the lesson titled The Salamander as a Symbol in Fahrenheit 451. The following objectives are covered in the lesson:

  • Explain the connection between the salamander and the Phoenix
  • Discuss the relationship between the salamander, witchcraft and alchemy
  • Identify two other texts that mention lizard-like creatures as symbols of evil
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