The Call of The Wild · Week IV

The Call of The Wild · Week IV

After taking a week off of the Book Club to give the group time to catch up on our reading of The Call of The Wild, we’re back with discussion questions for Chapter 5! We’re now only two chapters away from finishing our first book and we can’t wait to see who is going to win our first end-of-book Gift Box! Don’t forget to answer the questions from previous weeks and submit your own discussion questions for the remaining chapters. For now, here are this week’s discussion questions along with next week’s reading schedule!

Discussion Questions
· What was the reason for adding additional dogs to the team?
· Why were the dogs likened to a “bag of bones”?
· If you were in the same predicament, what would have been your solution?
· What do you think the meaning of the title “The Toil of Trace and Trail” is?

Reading Schedule
Chapter 6. For the Love of a Man

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  • More dogs were added to the team when it was realized that the current dogs could not haul the load the men had saddled them with. They were likened to bags of bones due to the condition their bodies were in. Sore from hauling such a large load, and severely malnourished from days of being underfed, all that showed when you looked at the dogs were bones sticking out from matted fur. If I were in the position of needing a sled team, surely I would make sure my team was well rested, adequately fed, and not hauling too much weight. If need be, I would trade my things for more food, to lighten the load and help sustain my dogs. If I were in Bucks position, I likely would have lied down and refused to pull a lot sooner. I wouldn’t have left the camp knowing that my team wouldn’t be able to make it to the next stop, and would rather have been beaten then and there than run myself ragged on little to know food for days on end until I no longer had the strength and was put to sleep on the trail. The toil of trace and trail, I believe, was used to depict the trials that would come for Buck and his team. Aside from that, however, I’m not sure of what other meanings it may have held.

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