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AR Quiz No. 107 EN
Buck, a dog, is forced into a harsh life as a sled dog and is faced with a decision between remaining loyal to his master or following his instincts. The plot of the story includes graphic violence, historical context that includes racial prejudice, and mild profanity.
|ATOS Book Level:||8.0|
|Interest Level:||Middle Grades (MG 4-8)|
|Topic – Subtopic:||Animals-Wolves; Animals-Dogs; Classics-Classics; Power Lessons AR-Grade 8; Recommended Reading-California Recommended Lit., English, 6-8; Recommended Reading-California Recommended Lit., English, 9-12; What Kids Are Reading, 2020-Grade 8: Top 20 Fiction/Nonfiction Books; What Kids Are Reading, 2021-Grade 8: Top 20 Fiction/Nonfiction Books;|
|Buck||Powerful dog, half St. Bernard, half sheepdog. Stolen from a California estate and sold as a sled dog. He finally became the lead dog.|
|John Thorton||Buck’s final master, a gold hunter. He saves Buck from death at the hands of Hal.|
|Spitz||Buck’s archrival and the original leader of Francois’s dog team. One man called him a devil dog.|
|Francois||French Canadian mail driver who buys Buck and adds him to his team.|
|Hal||An American gold seeker, who comes to Canada with his sister and her husband in search of adventure and riches.|
|Mercedes||Wife of Charles and sister of Hal. She is spoiled and pampered. Her unreasonable demands slow her, Hal, and Charles down.|
|Charles||Hal’s brother in law. He is inexperienced.|
|Dave||A dog on Buck’s team. He becomes ill on one of the team’s journeys but refuses to leave the harness, preferring to die pulling the sled. He is very determined.|
|Sol-leks||An older more experienced dog on Buck’s team. Has one blind eye.|
|Curly||A friend of Buck’s, met on the journey to the North. Dies trying to befriend a husky.|
|Judge Miller||Buck’s original master, the owner of a large estate in California’s Santa Clara Valley.|
|Manuel||A gardener’s helper on Master Miller’s estate. He kidnaps Buck and sells him in order to pay off his gambling debts.|
|Jack London||Author of “Call of the Wild”.|
|Klondike Gold Rush||This event influenced “Call of the Wild”.|
|Fought||What shocked Buck that the wolfish dogs did?|
|Go down in a fight||What will Buck have to do in order to survive in the world?|
|Why does Buck hate Spitz?||Because he laughed when Curly was killed.|
|Between Dave and Sol-leks||Where was Buck placed in the line?|
|To eat fast||What did Buck learn about eating?|
|Buck killed him||What finally happened to Spitz?|
|The slipped through the melted snow||What finally happened to Hal, Charles, and Mercedes?|
|Like his family||How did John Thornton treat Buck?|
|How did Buck get his food?||Fight for it.|
|Unpleasant||How were Buck’s first days in the North?|
|A Ghost Dog||What did the Indians say that they saw running through the forest?|
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