Fahrenheit 451

Questions about Part 2: The Sieve and the Sand

What happens to sand in a sieve? What does this have to do with Montag; what comparison does he make to the sand?

How does Mildred react to Montag's reading? Why?

Why does Montag think of the old man in the park?

According to Faber, how has religion changed? Is it a good change? Why?

How does Faber see himself and Montag?

What device does Faber give Montag so they can communicate?

What feeling about the ladies does Bradbury communicate by his description of their conversation? Are they seen in a positive or negative way? How can you tell from the specific words he uses?

When the women get together, what "fire images" does Bradbury use to describe the ladies? List at least five "fire" words that add to the imagery of the scene. Why does he do this, do you think?

Why do you suppose the poem made Mrs. Phelps cry? What was Mrs. Bowles' reaction? Mildred's?

Were you surprised that the Salamander stopped at Montag's house? What do you predict will happen next? Give two reasons from the text for your answer.

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A sieve is like a filter or a collander, possibly you've seen someone sift flour or powdered sugar. If you put sand in a sieve it will immediately drop through.

"Montag is frustrated to find himself a sieve of sorts, unable to retain what he reads from the Bible, however feverishly he tries. On a larger scale, it becomes apparent that it is not only the words of the Bible, but truth in general that Montag finds difficult to attain. Thus, he is frustrated that he cannot fill himself or feel whole."

If you are asking about Millie's reaction to Montag reading to her friends, she was totally shocked. She knew he was putting himself into a dangerous position (both of them) because books were against the law. She actually lied to cover what she believed to be his mistake.

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