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Fahrenheit 451

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Montag and Clarisse Conversation

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Read the following dialogue between Montag and Clarisse. What does their conversation reveal about Montag as a character?

They walked still further and the girl said, "Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?" "No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it." "Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames." He laughed. She glanced quickly over. "Why are you laughing?" "I don't know." He started to laugh again and stopped "Why?" "You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what I've asked you."

A

Montag's listening and communication skills impress Clarisse. Montag, unlike the majority of Clarisse's peers, is nonjudgemental and appreciates her sense of humor.

B

Montag hasn't started to scrutinize the culture he lives in with a critical eye. He has yet to begin questioning the truthfulness of information authorities disseminate to citizens.

C

Montag is thoroughly knowledgeable about the history of his profession. He is assertive and doesn't hesitate to correct Clarisse when what she says to him is inaccurate.

D

Clarisse is a patient teacher. She cares about Montag to the extent that she takes time to help him improve his interpersonal communication skills and learn to interrupt less often.

E

Montag is attracted to Clarisse. He lacks confidence and laughs nervously while trying to flirt with her.