The Call of the Wild Answer Key for Chapters 5-6

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Jaylen Hunter
Chapter Five— The Toil of Trace and Trail
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2.They had been given no time to recuperate on the trail. In less than five months they had covered over 2500 miles. 3.Mercedes feels sorry for the dogs while Hal thinks they are lazy and wants to whip them. 4.The sled was overloaded with a mountainous load and the runners were frozen into the ground. 5.It soon fell over spilling half its load.

6.They were advised to half the load and use twice the dogs if they wanted to reach Dawson. 7.They purchased an additional six boosting the dog team to fourteen. 8.He had covered the distance four times previously.

9.Unfortunately, he cut back on the daily food ration and increased the distance covered each day by the dogs. 10.She insisted on riding on the sled despite repeated warnings from Charles and Hal that the dogs were exhausted. 11.They staggered into John Thornton’s camp and he was whittling an axe handle from a stick of birch. 12.Tears were coming to his eyes when he witnessed the cruel treatment of the dogs. 13.He threatened to kill Hal if he struck Buck again.

14.The sled plunged through the thin ice and all were lost with the exception of Buck who had been cut out of his traces by John Thornton.

Vocabulary
Wretched- (of a person) In a very unhappy or unfortunate state. Dwindled- Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
Feigned- Pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury) Taut- Stretched or pulled tight; not slack
Totter- Move in a feeble or unsteady way
Slipshod- (typically of a person or method of work) Characterized by a lack of care, thought, or organization Dismay- Cause (someone) to feel consternation and distress
Slovenly- Messy and dirty
Remonstrance- A forcefully reproachful protest
Clannish-Tending to exclude others outside the group
Suppress- Forcibly put an end to
Superfluous- Unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough Averred- State or assert to be...
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