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Chapters 1-3 Vocabulary Words & Definitions
This section of the study guide will give you vocabulary words and definitions that appear in chapters 1-3. By having these definitions and their parts of speech, you can gain a better understanding of what you are reading. Before you read each chapter, preview the words listed here.
Docile: (adjective) easily let, taught, managed
Insular: (adjective) narrow minded, limited, isolated
Progeny: (noun) one's offspring; children
Futile: (adjective) without useful result
Hydrophobia: (noun) rabies
Metamorphosis: (noun) passing on from one form to another
Conciliate: (verb) to win over or gain friendship; to overcome hostility
Imperious: (adjective) commanding, domineering
Introspect: (verb) to examine reflectively
Malignant: (adjective) causing death or harm
Retrogression: (noun) reversal in development from a higher to a lower state
Callous: (adjective) to be without emotional feelings
Cadence: (noun) rhythmic movement
Grim: (adjective) stern, gloomy
Ignominious: (adjective) dishonorable
Consternation: (noun) a sudden confusion or amazement
Morose: (adjective) having a sullen disposition
Arduous: (adjective) difficult, hard
Din: (noun) a loud, confused noise
Daunt: (verb) intimidate, discourage
Prostrate: (adjective) defenseless, lying prone
Sinew: (noun) strength, power
Inexorable: (adjective) unyielding
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Use these questions to further enhance your understanding, prepare for a test or choose an essay topic.
- Why were dogs so important in the Klondike during the gold rush?
- Describe what Buck was like when he lived with Judge Miller on the Santa Clara estate.
- Why does Francois think that Buck is worth every penny spend on him?
- Within a short period of time in the Klondike, Buck learns about "the law of club and fang". What incidents teach him this lesson? What does he learn from each lesson?
- As early as chapter 2, we see Buck change into a primordial being. What do you specifically see in Buck that demonstrates this transformation?
- In chapter 2, Buck steals food from Francois and Perrault. What does this reveal to the reader? Why is this change in Buck as important one?
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Terms and Definitions
These terms and definitions will aid in your comprehension of chapters 4-7.
Lububrious: (adjective) sad, mournful, dejected
Dubious: (adjective) causing doubt, unsettled in judgement
Inarticulate: (adjective) unable to speak clearly
Salient: (adjective) standing out, projecting beyond a line, conspicuous
Chaffering: (verb) bargaining, hassling
Remonstrance: (noun) statement of reasons against an act or idea; protest
Copious: (adjective) large in quantity; abundant
Monosyllabic: (noun) word of one syllable
Tormentor: (noun) one who causes terrible pain or annoys another
Chivalry: (noun) brave and courteous qualities of an ideal knight
Convalesce: (verb) to grow strong after a long illness
Provocation: (verb) to cause to be angry
Conjure: (verb) to bring to mind
Babel: (noun) a confusing sound of many people talking at once
Ferocious:(adjective) extremely savage; fierce
Tangible: (adjective) capable of being felt by touch
Infinitesimal: (adjective) immeasurable small
Ptarmigan: (noun) type of species of grouse that has feathered feet, is found in cold regions
Usurp: (verb) to take over by force without authority
Advent: (noun) coming or arrival
Gaunt: (noun) thin and bony
Pertinent: (adjective) relating significantly to the matter being discussed
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Sample Essay Questions
Use these essay questions to further enhance your understanding of these chapters of Call of the Wild.
- Cite two examples from chapter 4 illustrating Buck's careful and cunning strategy to take the team's leadership away from Spitz.
- When Buck's first tactic in his battle with Spitz falls through, what does he do next? What does this reveal about Buck?
- Buck dreams about a man who is "short of leg and longer in arm", who do you think the man is? What is the connection of this dream to the book's plot?
- Why do Francois, Perrault, and the half breed have to sell Buck?
- Why does Buck refuse to pull the sled at John Thorton's camp at the mouth of the White River?
- Compare Buck's relationship with Judge Miller to his one with John Thorton.
- Thorton save Buck's life by rescuing him from the three foolish travelers. Explain two times when Buck saves Thorton's life.
- What is Buck's life like after Thorton's death? What evidence do you have of this?
- What do the Yeehats think Buck is?