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					                            The Call of the Wild Chapter 1 “Into the Primitive”
                                 Please answer all questions in at least 3-4 sentences each.
nomadic – roaming                                    quivering - trembling
brumal – wintry – shortest day of the year           frothing – foaming
ferine – wild, savage                                detestable - hateful
groping – moving with great effort                   waxed – layer upon layer (his anger)
veranda – open porch                                 boded - created
interlacing – overlapping                            metamorphosed – changed
artesian – water                                     ferocity - cruel
demesne – domain                                     cayuses – horses
imperiously – arrogant, domineering                  soliloquized – speak alone
insular – having the form of an island               ruction - uproar
besetting – constantly attacking                     docilely - tame
progeny – descendants                                dominion - authority
conveyance – vehicle                                 conciliated – bring together
lacerated – cut                                      weazened - small
hydrophobia – rabies                                 swarthy – tough, hard


Questions:
    1. What breed of dog is Buck? Describe what he looks like.
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    2. Where does Buck originally live? Who were his first owners? Describe that
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    3. Describe what happens when Manuel takes Buck.
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    4. Describe the situation where Buck learns the “Law of the Club”. Write down the number of the page
    where you found this information.
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    5. What lessons does Buck learn by the end of this chapter?
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   6. What humans have interacted with Buck since he was taken from the Santa Clara
     Valley? Who has possession of him at the end of chapter one?
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   Use the rest of the paper to create an illustration of Buck learning the Law of
the Club.
   Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers or the color will
bleed through the other side.
                Call of the Wild Chapter 2 – “The Law of the Club and the Fang”
                           Please answer the questions in at least 3-4 sentences each.
primordial – primitive, wild                    forebears - ancestors
peril – danger                          retaliate – fight back
vicarious – substitute                  canon (canyon)
dispatches – transporters               fastidiousness - perfection
comradely – friendly                    retrogression – backward movement
incarnation – quality                   callous – without feeling
belligerent – seeking war               loathsome – disgusting, contemptuous
consternation – anger                   heredity – genetic traits
ignominiously – disgraceful             cadences – measured movement
disconsolate – inconsolable


Chapter 2 Questions:

1.   Describe what happened to Curly. What does Buck learn from that event?
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2. Describe the personality of Spitz. What does Buck think of him?
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3. At first Buck believes he will sleep in the tent. What does he come to find out about his sleeping
   situation? How does he learn to adapt to the new rules about sleeping outside?
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4. What skills and lessons does Buck learn that are helping him to survive. Be specific about who taught him
   each lesson.
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5. Explain what you understand about the “law of the club and the fang”.
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Create an illustration to depict any scene from this chapter.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers or the color will
bleed through the other side.
                        Call of the Wild – chapter 3 – “The Dominant Primordial Beast”
                            Please answer the questions in at least 3-4 sentences each.
primordial – primitive, wild            covert – undercover
poise – controlled position             insubordination – refusing authority
pandemonium – confusion                 aurora borealis – the Northern Lights – shining sky
score – twenty                          insidious – sly, crafty
malingerer – evil one                   revolt – take over
adversary – enemy                       solidarity – unification
treacherously – trickery                vexation – something that causes annoyance
daunted – disturbed                     bedlam – confusion
hoisted – lifted                        futile – unsuccessful
shirks – evaded work                    barbarous – strange, unintelligible
abjectly – of the lowest                exultantly – joyous
mutiny – revolt against authority       inexorable – cannot be persuaded; unrelenting


Chapter 3 questions
    1. Describe the relationship between Buck and Spitz.
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    2. What kinds of problems does the team encounter that slow down their trip to Dawson?
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    3. Do you think Francois is a good or bad master? Why?
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    4. Describe the scene where Dolly goes mad. Who takes advantage of the situation?
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    5. Why does Francois believe that Spitz is “one devil” and Buck is “two devils”?
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    6. Why is it believed that Spitz and Buck must “fight to the death?” Explain why they are not broken up during
       their fight.
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  7. What qualities does Buck possess that could make him a better leader than Spitz?
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Use the rest of this paper to create an illustration of Buck and Spitz fighting for
dominance.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers or the color will
bleed through the other side.
                     The Call of the Wild - Chapter 4 - Vocabulary and Questions
                             Please answer all questions in at least 3-4 sentences each.
obdurate – stubborn
courier – messenger
toil – work
unruly – out of control
morose – gloomy
consultation – meeting to discuss a topic
lugubriously – mournfully


Chapter 4 questions
        1.   Who is to take the lead role in the team? How does Buck react to this?
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        2. How is the entire team affected by the change in lead dog command when Buck takes over?
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        3. Why must Francois and Perrault leave the team? Who takes over the dogs?
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        4. What is Buck dreaming about when he sees the hairy “cat-like” man?
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        5. Describe how the long days and difficult work have impacted Dave. What eventually becomes of
           him?
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Use this side of the paper to create an illustration of Buck’s dream of the hairy
man.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers of the color will
bleed through the other side.
                             Call of the Wild Chapter 5 – vocab and questions
                            Please answer these questions in at 3-4 full sentences each.

feigned – pretend                                    forlorn – sad
recuperation – recovery                              chronic – continual
manifestly – apparantly                              famine – without food for a long time
chaffering – business                                quaver – shade
slipshod – unstable                                  cajole – bring to good spirits
slovenly – manner                                    amenities – attractive quality
brutes – lacking ability to reason                   chivalrous – having noble qualities
repugnance – extreme dislike                         callous – unfeeling
clannish – closely associated with one’s own group   perambulating - moving
superfluous – more than needed or wanted             carcass – dead body

    Chapter 5 questions
    1.   Describe the condition of the dogs and men as they arrived in Skagway.
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    2. How are Hal, Charles and Mercedes related? What kind of people are they?
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    3. Describe the condition of the sled that the dogs were to pull. What happened to the sled?
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    4. What happened to Dub? Why?
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    5. Why are the dogs described as “perambulating skeletons”?
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    6. What happened to Billee?
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  7. Explain why the dogs refused to move as their owners wanted them to go across the ice.
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  8. What became of Hal, Charles and Mercedes?
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Use the rest of the paper to create an illustration of your choice. You may choose
any scene from this chapter.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers of the color will
bleed through the other side.
                Call of the Wild chapter 6 - “For the Love of a Man”– vocabulary and questions
                        Please answer the questions in at least 3-4 complete sentences.

eloquent – vivid, forceful, graceful   impede – slow
transient – moving with time           stoutly – proudly, boldly
cunning – sneaking                     bluff – false front
valor – courage                        hinder – slow down
supremacy – top authority              lunge – forward movement
antagonist – one who is against        incoherent – cannot be understood
peremptorily – devisive, final         babel – meaningless talk
hankering – desire, wanting


Chapter 6 questions
1.   Why is John Thornton considered the “ideal master”?
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2. Why did Buck not leave JT’s side? Do you think Buck would have gone to the wild if JT was not in his
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3. Describe how Buck saved JT’s life on the river.
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4. Give two reasons why JT bets on Buck.
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5. Why does JT not sell Buck even though he needs the money?
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Use this side of the paper to create an illustration of Buck during the bet.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers of the color will
bleed through the other side.
      Call of the Wild chapter 7 – “The Sounding of the Call” – vocabulary and questions
                                Please answer the questions in at least 3-4 sentences each.

quest – search                             menacing – troubling
looted – goods stolen by force             frenzy – frantic outburst
riotously – disorderly, boisterous         pivoting – turning on a central point
ascended – climbed                         pertinacity – stubborn
melancholy – sad                           somber – dark and gloomy
salient – noticeable                       imperiously – overbearing, arrogant
vigilant – watchful, alert to danger       contagion – spreading
vague – unclear                            formidable – hard to handle, overcome
defiantly – bold resistance                calamity – extreme misfortune
concealment – hiding                       obscureness – covered over, hidden
impelled – driven


Chapter 7 questions
1.   What were the men in search of? Explain what had happened to other explorers on this same journey.
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2. How long did it take them until they found some gold?
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3. Describe the dreams that haunted Buck frequently.
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4. Describe Buck’s reaction to the first encounter with the timber wolf.
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5. Why does Buck not leave Thornton’s side for two days? What keeps him there?
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6. How is Buck described physically? What traits does he inherit from his parents? Which traits are wolf
   traits?
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7. Make a list of the animals Buck has killed in order
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8. Describe the Ghost Dog. What does it symbolize for the Yeehats?
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Use this side of the paper to create an illustration your choice. You may choose any
scene from this chapter.
Your illustration must be neat and in color. Do not use markers of the color will
bleed through the other side.

				
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