To Build a Fire Setting: Importance & Analysis


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In Jack London's 'To Build a Fire,' what adds to the sense of gloom as the man heads out on his journey through the Yukon?

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1. What reason is given in Jack London's 'To Build a Fire' for men coming to this inhospitable environment of the Yukon during winter?

2. The freezing temperatures of the Yukon winter can be exceptionally harsh. The man in Jack London's 'To Build a Fire' measures the temperature at minus fifty. What is the actual temperature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the quiz and worksheet to see what you know about the setting in To Build a Fire. The temperature, dangers and overall importance of the setting are a few of the topics on the multiple-choice quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to check your understanding of:

  • Why the men come to the Yukon in the winter
  • The actual temperature in the story
  • What the emptiness of the setting does for the story
  • The danger underneath the snow

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the setting in To Build a Fire
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why the men come to the Yukon during the winter and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about something that increases the gloominess in the setting as the man begins his journey

Additional Learning

Review more about this story's setting any time by using the lesson called To Build a Fire Setting: Importance & Analysis. Some goals you can complete include:

  • Review attributes of the Yukon during the winter
  • Examine the relationship between man and the Yukon
  • Learn what happens to the man in the story