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Free Study Guide-The Call of the Wild by Jack London-Free Book Notes
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STUDY QUESTIONS

1. Buck is a pampered Southland dog. Yet by the end of the novel, he has learned to survive in the cold North. Describe in brief the lessons of survival that he learns.

2. The Call of the Wild is the story of a quest. Compare and contrast Buck's quest with the other quests in the novel.

3. Compare and contrast all of Buck's masters in the novel. What does he learn from each? Which do you consider to be the most important lessons?



4. Why does the plot end as a comedy?

5. How does London use repetition to unify his plot?

6. List at least five symbols used in the book and give their meanings.

7. London was influenced by the Darwinian concept of "survival of the fittest." How does he present this theme in the character of Buck?

8. What role does John Thornton play in preventing the novel from being a pessimistic novel?

9. Explain how Buck is torn between the call of love and the call of the wild. Is either call ever totally ignored? Explain your response.



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