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Jack London;s books, many (such as 'The Call of the Wild' and 'White Fang') set against the background of the Klondike gold rush in the 19th century, can be enjoyed by older children due to the simplicity of his style, and by adults due to the thought-provoking issues he raises.
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  'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London   top quiz  
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This is a quiz about 'The Call Of The Wild', a book written by Jack London.
Average, 10 Qns, Rain_Cat, Feb 22 17
Recommended for grades: 5,6,7,8
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  The Sea Wolf   popular trivia quiz  
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I recently read Jack London's classic "The Sea Wolf" and I simply loved it, cover to cover. I hope you enjoy this quiz.
Average, 25 Qns, avis, Nov 30 18
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8
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  The Works of Jack London   great trivia quiz  
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John Griffith London, better known to us as Jack, was an oyster pirate, gold prospector, and rancher who somehow found time in between to write a few books here and there, and not just "dog stories" either.
Average, 10 Qns, kevinatilusa, Jun 24 07
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  "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London   popular trivia quiz  
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A story of love and endurance that has been a classic of children's literature from the day it was written. Struggle through the Arctic snows with Buck and his different owners.
Average, 15 Qns, Philian, Mar 03 18
Recommended for grades: 5,6,7,8
Mar 03 18
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  "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?   great trivia quiz  
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This was my favourite book as a child, and if you love it as much as I do then the questions will be a snap!
Average, 10 Qns, Charleyy, Sep 25 11
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  Jack London - "The Call of the Wild"    
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Jack London's classic novel "The Call of the Wild" has entertained generations of readers, who hang on every word. But how much do you really know about this captivating tale?
Tough, 10 Qns, Daaanieeel, Jan 24 12
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This man, a gardener's assistant at the mansion, was the man who sold Buck. He sold him in order to pay off a gambling debt. Who is it?

From Quiz "Jack London - "The Call of the Wild""

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Jack London Trivia Questions

1. Buck is the protagonist of the book. He was a large dog who lived in Santa Clara Valley at a mansion. He was the best friend of the owner, Judge Miller. Buck's mother was a Scotch shepherd dog, but what breed of dog was Buck's father?

From Quiz
Jack London - "The Call of the Wild"

Answer: St. Bernard

Buck was a large St. Bernard/Scotch shepherd dog who lived at a mansion in Santa Clara Valley. He was based on a sled dog owned by Jack London's landlords, Marshall Latham Bond and his brother Louis Whitford Bond. In the book, it says he had the strength of his St. Bernard father Elmo, but the pride of his Scotch shepherd dog mother Shep. The change of his personality, from a domesticated pet to a "primordial beast", is what the book focuses on.

2. What are the names of the two main sled drivers?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: Perrault and Francois

Buck notices that Francois whips the dogs less frequently than Perrault.

3. Buck begins his life in the Santa Clara Valley. What was the name of his first owner?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Answer: Judge Miller

Buck is the king over all the other living creatures on the ranch. The other dogs are not even in the competition with him and he looks like becoming the Judge's companion for life.

4. This man, a gardener's assistant at the mansion, was the man who sold Buck. He sold him in order to pay off a gambling debt. Who is it?

From Quiz Jack London - "The Call of the Wild"

Answer: Manuel

Manuel isn't in much of the book, but he plays a vital role. He was the man who sold Buck, for $100, to pay off a gambling debt of his. He liked to gamble, and he lost lots of money from it. The money he got from his job wasn't enough to pay for the things he needed, as he had a wife, yet he continued to gamble. He betrayed the Judge and sold Buck to a man at a little flag station called College Park.

5. Why did Manuel the gardener need money so badly that he stole and sold Buck?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: For his gambling debts on the Chinese lottery.

"Manuel had one besetting sin. He loved to play Chinese lottery. Also, in his gambling, he had one besetting weakness - faith in a system, and this made his damnation certain." Jack London himself had serious financial problems towards the end of his life, which drove him to drink heavily; he eventually died of kidney disease.

6. Why were thousands of men rushing into the Northland?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: To find gold

The men were looking for heavy, strong dogs with long-haired coats to pull their sleds.

7. What does van Weydon (the main character) do for a living?

From Quiz The Sea Wolf

Answer: He is a writer

Though he never actually says so, you get a hint that he doesn't get all his money from his writing. Perhaps his father left him a small fortune. Anyway, we know that he was quite rich and well-to-do before he came aboard the Ghost.

8. The reader is told that Buck's mother had been "a Scotch shepherd dog". What sort of breed was Buck's father?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Answer: a St. Bernard

Buck was not as big as his father who was a St.Bernard called Elmo. He only weighed one hundred and forty pounds. Unfortunately he was big enough to be stolen and sent north to the Klondike to become a sled dog.

9. Which 1908 novel of London's is presented as the story of the "First Revolt" against the capitalist ruling class, told from the point of view of 700 years in the future?

From Quiz The Works of Jack London

Answer: The Iron Heel

As may be inferred from the plot description, London was a socialist. He twice ran for mayor of Oakland, and once for a seat on the school board (seemingly a strange position for politics, but remember that this is the same board that decides what version of history is taught in our schools). The revolt described by London was the first of many, and his foreword claimed it took 300 years afterward before the capitalists were overthrown. When George Orwell published his much more famous '1984' some years later, he acknowledged his debt to London for paving the way with works such as this one.

10. After Buck was sold, he was taken on a train to the "man in the red sweater". Here, Buck was "broken" by this man. To break him, the man repeatedly struck him with a weapon. What type of weapon did the man use?

From Quiz Jack London - "The Call of the Wild"

Answer: Club

Before this Buck had already been teased and tormented. He decided that this man is his next tormentor and he charged at him. The man then struck Buck with a club while he was in the air. This sent a shock up Buck's body, but he didn't realise that it was the club that did the damage. He charged again, and the same thing happened. He then realised it was the club, but he continually charged at the man anyway. The same things happened to him. Buck then decided that a man with a club is to be obeyed.

11. What was the nationality of Perrault, the man who bought Buck from "the man with the red sweater" and made him a sled dog?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: French-Canadian

"'Sacredam!' he cried, when his eyes lit upon Buck. 'Dat one dam bully dog! Eh? How mooch?'" Perrault and Francois, Buck's first sled drivers, are tough but fair and he grows to respect them well.

12. What did Buck like to do with the Judge's daughters?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: Go for walks

Buck liked to escort the Judge's daughters on long twilight or early morning rambles.

13. What is the name of the ferry-steamer that van Weydon was travelling on and which subsequently sank in the first chapter of the book?

From Quiz The Sea Wolf

Answer: The Martinez

Hump was returning from his weekly trip to visit his friend, Charley Furuseth, and was on his way back to San Francisco when the Martinez collided with an unnamed ferry-boat and sank to the bottom of the sea.

14. How does Buck come to leave the ranch where he was born?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Answer: He is stolen by Manuel one of the servants and passed on.

Manuel liked to play the Chinese lottery. However, the wages of a gardener did not allow him to play his "system" properly and so he had to resort to stealing Buck and selling him onwards.

15. In what 1906 novel does London tell the story of the gradual rise into civility of the mixed offspring of a wolf and a half wolf, half husky?

From Quiz The Works of Jack London

Answer: White Fang

'White Fang' was intended as a sequel and companion to 'The Call of the Wild', which had described the descent into savagery of a formerly tame dog. White Fang begins his life as a member of a pack of wolves (where Buck ends his) and ends it in the home of a powerful and important man in California (where Buck begins his).

16. Spitz is the lead dog of the team, and takes great delight in antagonising Buck. What event leads to the fatal confrontation that ends their conflicts once and for all?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: The whole team chase a snowshoe rabbit into the forest.

" [Buck] rounded the bend, the frost wraith of a rabbit still flitting before him, he saw another and larger frost wraith leap from the overhanging bank into the immediate path of the rabbit. It was Spitz." Buck and Spitz fight to the death... Spitz's death. After that, Buck is made lead dog of the team.

17. Where does Buck live at the beginning of the story?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: In the Santa Clara Valley

Buck lived in a big house in the Santa Clara Valley.

18. What did Buck learn from the man with the red sweater?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Answer: He knew he stood no chance against a man with a club.

The part of the book where Buck is beaten (but not broken) is one of the most moving episodes. It was a lesson that he learns that he never forgets in all the rest of his life.

19. What 1906 work of London's tells of a man who lives a normal life by day, only to spend nights in the dream life of a hunter in prehistoric times?

From Quiz The Works of Jack London

Answer: Before Adam

The dream sequence was a technique London liked to use often, and for good reason. It enabled him to have the trappings of prehistoric life described in a modern fashion, without having to put words in the cavemen's mouths that they could never have possibly said. Although London was wrong about several things (most notably his belief that memory was stored in DNA, whose structure had not been discovered yet), he did accurately predict that humans would not evolve all at once but in several interacting hominid species.

20. What are the names of the obnoxious men and woman Buck has the misfortune to be sold to after Perrault and Francois can no longer keep him?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: Charles, Hal and Mercedes.

"When driven with his mates to the new owners' camp, Buck saw a slipshod and slovenly affair, tent half stretched, dishes unwashed, everything in disorder; also, he saw a woman. 'Mercedes', the men called her. She was Charles' wife and Hal's sister - a nice family party." These are the worst owners Buck encounters - their stubborn ignorance and disregard for their dogs end up costing them their lives, and almost Buck's as well.

21. What is the name of the dog who is too weak to pull the sled anymore?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: Dave

He refuses to be left behind, and follows the sled. The next morning he is shot.

22. Not all of London's work was fiction. His 'The Story of an Eyewitness' was an account of his experiences with the aftermath of what natural disaster?

From Quiz The Works of Jack London

Answer: An earthquake in San Francisco

London lived 40 miles out of San Francisco at the time, and was asked by Collier's magazine to rush to the city after the earthquake of 1906. Much of the city survived the quake, only to be ravaged by the fires started soon afterward. As London wrote, "Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed. San Francisco is gone".

23. What do the obnoxious and inexperienced owners buy to feed the dogs after they run out of dog food?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: Frozen horse hides.

""A poor substitute for food was this hide, just as it had been stripped from the starved horses of the cattlemen six months back. In its frozen state it was more like strips of galvanized iron, and when a dog wrestled it into his stomach it thawed into thin and innutritious leathery strings and into a mass of short hair, irritating and indigestible."

24. What is NOT a name used at one time or another for the cook of the Ghost?

From Quiz The Sea Wolf

Answer: Mug

Thomas Mugridge was one of the less-pleasant characters of "The Sea Wolf", being a sneaky, cowardly, self-centered poor excuse for a man. You do, however, feel slightly sympathetic when he relates his pathetic life story.

25. Perrault was Buck's first owner in the northland. For whom did he work?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

Answer: He was a courier for the Canadian Government.

Perrault had been able to pay good money for Buck and the rest of his team because he was able to use Government money. All that mattered was that he put together a strong and fast team so that dispatches got from place to place very quickly.

26. Several of London's novels are (at least somewhat) autobiographical. In what novel does he describe the rise to high society of a poor seaman who decides to become self-educated and learn to write to become respected by a society girl named Ruth?

From Quiz The Works of Jack London

Answer: Martin Eden

His work is initially spurned both by Ruth's family and publishers. As soon as he writes a lesser work which becomes popular, however, they come back begging for the same works they rejected before. Martin, a poor man by this point, can find no true satisfaction in society's love for him, since by that point he realizes the hypocrisy of that love. Perhaps this too comes from London's own life.

27. What unpleasant end befalls the rest of the dog-team (all except Buck) and their foolhardy owners?

From Quiz "The Call of the Wild" - Do You Hear It?

Answer: They fall through the ice while crossing a frozen river.

"They saw Charles turn and make one step to run back, and then a whole section of ice gave way and dogs and humans disappeared. A yawning hole was all that was to be seen. The bottom had dropped out of the trail." Buck is saved from this fate by John Thorton, whose camp the doomed travellers pass through before setting out across the river. Thornton is enraged to see Hal mercilessly beating the exhausted dog, and fights with Hal until he lets him take Buck.

28. At the start of the book, how old is Buck?

From Quiz 'The Call Of The Wild' - Jack London

Answer: 4

Buck had lived in the Santa Clara Valley for the whole four years of his life.

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