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The Call of the Wild STAGE 3

Before Reading 3
4
Mercedes to Hal
Mercedes to the dogs

ACTIVITIES ANSWERS
BEFORE READING ACTIVITIES (PAGE 60) 5 John Thornton to Hal
6 Hal to Thornton
ACTIVITY 1 BEFORE READING
CHAPTER 6 WHILE READING
1T 2F 3T 4T 5T 6F 7T
1+10 Buck liked to take Thornton’s hand in his
ACTIVITY 2 BEFORE READING mouth when Thornton talked to him.
Do not give the answers at this stage, but encourage 2+9 Buck wanted to answer the call of the wild ani-
students to speculate and to make guesses. The ‘yes’ mals, but every time he went into the forest, he
answers are 3, 5 and 6. came back.
3+12 One day, Thornton told Buck to jump, and
While Reading Buck tried to jump 100 metres down into the
river.
CHAPTER 1 WHILE READING
4+11 Buck attacked a man called Burton because he
1 In Mr Miller’s big house in the Santa Clara valley in saw Thornton in danger.
California. 5+7 When Thornton was thrown out of his boat
2 Because he needed money for his large family. into the river, Buck jumped into the river with a
3 He hit him with a club. rope and saved him.
4 A man called Perrault. 6+8 Buck pulled a sledge with 350 kilos on it to win
5 By ship. money for Thornton.
6 Three. BEFORE READING CHAPTER 7
7 Snow. Do not give the answers now but encourage
CHAPTER 2 WHILE READING
students to speculate and to make guesses. Let them
1 How . . .? She had a fight with another dog and check their guesses when they read the chapter. The
when she fell down, a pack of dogs jumped on her. ‘yes’ answers are 1, 3, 4 and 6.
2 How . . .? By watching Spitz and Dave.
3 What . . .? Important letters and official papers. After Reading
4 How . . .? They dug holes.
5 What . . .? He bit his leg. ACTIVITY 1 AFTER READING
6 What . . .? Fish. Buck learnt to . . .
7 How . . .? He stole it. s WEARAHARNESSTOPULLASLEDGE
s DIGAHOLEINTHESNOWTOSLEEPIN
CHAPTER 3 WHILE READING
s EATHISFISHQUICKLYBEFORETHEOTHERDOGSSTOLEIT
1 T
s STEALFOODBECAUSEHEWASALWAYSHUNGRY
2 F The Indian dogs fought because they were
s FIGHTLIKEAWOLFBECAUSEITWASINHISBLOOD
hungry.
s WEARLITTLESHOESBECAUSEHISFEETWERESTILLSOFT
3 T
4 F Buck had soft feet. ACTIVITY 2 AFTER READING
5 F François saved Buck when Dolly tried to kill him. 2+11 6+16 4+15 7+10 8+13 5+9 1+14 3+12
6 T Spitz hated Buck because he knew that Buck wanted
7 F Buck broke Spitz’s front legs. to be lead dog. Buck hated Spitz too, because he
8 T remembered him laughing when Curly died. He
started to help the other dogs when Spitz punished
BEFORE READING CHAPTER 4
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them. Then one night Spitz caught a rabbit and the


Do not give the answers now but encourage
two dogs started to fight. Each time Buck attacked,
students to speculate and to make guesses. Let them
Spitz moved and then bit him on the side. After a few
check their guesses when they read the chapter. The
minutes, Buck bit Spitz’s left front leg and the bone
‘yes’ answers are 1, 2, 3 and 5.
broke. After that, he broke Spitz’s right front leg, and
CHAPTER 5 WHILE READING then he made his final attack. The fight finished when
1 Mercedes to one of the men watching them Spitz disappeared under the waiting pack of dogs.
2 Hal to Mercedes

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ACTIVITY 3 AFTER READING ACTIVITY 6 AFTER READING
Open answers. Some possible sentences: Dear Mary
1 I feel sorry for Buck because Manuel stole him. I am sorry that I cannot send you any more money yet,
2 I think the fat man was wrong to hit dogs with a and all because of a dog! This is what happened. I was
club. in a bar with some men when we started to talk about
3 I think François did a very good thing when he made dogs. A man called Thornton said that his dog could
ACTIVITIES ANSWERS

a pair of shoes for Buck. pull a sledge with three hundred and fifty kilos on it,
4 I think Hal did a very stupid thing when he tried to and I said that I would give him a thousand dollars if
cross the White River. his dog could do that, but first the dog must break the
5 I think John Thornton was nicer than Perrault sledge out when it was frozen to the ice, and then pull
because he didn’t sell Buck. it a hundred metres over the snow. If Thornton lost,
he was going to give me a thousand dollars. I was sure
ACTIVITY 4 AFTER READING
that I was going to win, so in the end we made it four-
3 H AL : You can’t ride on the sledge, Mercedes. The
teen hundred dollars. We harnessed Buck, Thornton’s
dogs are too tired.
dog, to my sledge. He looked intelligent, healthy and
5 M ERC EDES: But I’m tired too, and I’m your wife.
as strong as a horse. But it was 50˚ below zero and
You shouldn’t make me work.
the sledge was frozen to the ice, so I thought that my
1 H AL : We all have to work. Life is like that in the
money was safe. But there is something very strange
north.
about that man and his dog. Thornton spoke quietly
6 M ERC EDES: I wish we’d never come to the north.
to Buck; the dog took Thornton’s hand between his
You don’t know anything. You can’t even pack
teeth, and then let go and started to pull. He pulled
the sledge.
harder and harder, and suddenly, I saw the sledge start
7 H AL : Well, you keep moving things, and then they
to move. That dog pulled it a hundred metres, and so I
fall off!
lost my money!
2 M ERC EDES: They won’t fall off now. We’ve got
much less luggage now that half the dog food is
finished. We’re not going to have enough to get
us to Dawson.
9 H AL : That’s because you gave the dogs too much
when we started!
4 M ERC EDES: I felt sorry for them, poor things.
8 H AL : If you felt really sorry for them, you’d get off
the sledge and walk!
10 M ERC EDES: Well, I won’t get off. You can’t make me!
ACTIVITY 5 AFTER READING
Open answers.
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