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Never Cry Wolf
Student Study Guide
All answers must be in sentence form.
M & S edition Reprinted 1992
Chapter One--The Lupine Project Vocabulary: sojourn, genteel, amass, loutish, aristocratic, eschew, meandering, expedient, nocturnal, mentor, revered, vocation, esoteric, devious, levity, fetid, fallacious Enrichment: Invite a biologist into your classroom to discuss their work. Inuit are known for their soapstone carvings. Locate some soapstone and make your own carving. Arrange an outing to either the zoo or a wilderness park to enable you to see and experience wolves. Be sure to take notes and photos to allow you to make a presentation to your classmates.
Chapter One--The Lupine Project
Vocabulary: sojourn, genteel, amass, loutish, aristocratic, eschew, meandering, expedient, nocturnal, mentor, revered, vocation, esoteric, devious, levity, fetid, fallacious
Enrichment: Invite a biologist into your classroom to discuss their work.
Inuit are known for their soapstone carvings. Locate some soapstone and make your own carving.
Arrange an outing to either the zoo or a wilderness park to enable you to see and experience wolves. Be sure to take notes and photos to allow you to make a presentation to your classmates.
Chapter Two--Wolf Juice
Vocabulary: amiable, armament, fiendish, arsenal, superfluous, rebuked, contritely, hostile, precarious, erudite
Enrichment: Write a short biography about the author, Farley Mowat.
Chapter Three--Happy Landings
Vocabulary: decrepit, resuscitated, delusions, inauspicious, jettison, recalcitrant, droned, starboard, lethargic, meekly
Enrichment: Make a book cover or book mark for this novel. Make sure to illustrate it.
Chapter Four--When Is a Wolf Not a Wolf
Vocabulary: desolate, tundra, burrowed, deferred, dilemma, pessimistic, credulity, admonitions, fortuitous, acumen, fervently
Enrichment: Learn as much as you can about the author. Assume his identity and then allow yourself to be interviewed by your classmates.
Vocabulary: supernatural, blandishments, palatial, I.O.U., prevailing, extravagance, implications, obliged, usurp, taciturn, intrude, distress, divert, inveigled, autopsy, pathology, debris, strenuous, interlude
Enrichment: Research how the wolf is being introduced into areas where it has long been extinct. Is the program a success? Would Mowat have been surprised by the problems that the naturalists have encountered while reintroducing the wolf into certain regions of the country?
Chapter Six--The Den
Vocabulary: muzzle, indelibly, lethal, devoid, pallid, scavenge, impasse, salient, succinct, optimistic, resolutely, perfunctory, morose, vehemently, perplexity, evade, frenzied, overt, avert, stoicism, elated, metamorphosed, encumbered
Enrichment: Conduct a debate with your classmates. Discuss the pros and cons of reintroducing the wolves to their former habitat.
Chapter Seven--The Watcher Watched
Vocabulary: periscope, tripod, vanguard, consummate, chagrin, hypothesis, grievously, negligible, concealment, surreptitious, unabashed, prurient, indignation, vexation, virulence, surmise, turmoil, skeins, wadi, esker, idyllic, imprecations, palpable, persevered
Enrichment: Write a poem pretending that you are the wolf. Make sure you include your feelings on man's encroachment on your territory.
Chapter Eight--Staking the Land
Vocabulary: tenor, fleeting, insatiable, falter, inconspicuous, evince, nomadic, comprised, ritual, consume, copious, clan, intersected, transgressed, temerity, intolerable, impasse, erred
Enrichment: Farley Mowat has often been accused of fabricating statistics and other facts in his novels. Conduct a mock trial with Farley Mowat as the accused. Make sure to appoint a prosecuting lawyer and a defense lawyer. Ask a jury of your peers (classmates) to reach a verdict at the conclusion of the mock trial.
Chapter Nine--Good Old Uncle Albert
Vocabulary: ratified, enclave, inviolate, adherents, diurnal, cache, immunity, boisterously, confines, vital, drastic, vehemently, austerely, dignity, conscientious, ebullient, epitome, nuptial, promiscuity, longevity, conundrum, bevy, lithe, infantile, sadism, somnolence
Enrichment: Research the caribou using the most recent data. Make a short presentation to your classmates.An old adage states, "There are lies, damned lies and then there are statistics". Explain what is meant by this expression.
Chapter Ten--Of Mice and Wolves
Vocabulary: herbivores, extinction, depredations, incontrovertible, recurred, antagonized, mythical, ludicrous, conscript, peregrinations, demented, gaggle, paroxysm, apparition, versatility, swale, carnivores, inference, obscure, regurgitating, misconstrued, scrupulously, rupture
Enrichment: Find ten web sites about the wolf and explain why they are worthwhile sites to visit.
Design your own web site about either this novel or wolves and we will consider linking it to our site.
Chapter Eleven--Souris a la Creme
Vocabulary: diatetics, validity, contention, suffice, carnivore, metabolic, regimen, corpse, bland, rectify, clutch (eggs), shaman, esoteric, rudimentary,auxiliary
Enrichment: Explain why Ootek has offered eggs to Mowat. What does Mowat mean when he tells us that the nesting season was well advanced as were the eggs?
Chapter Twelve--Spirit of the Wolf
Vocabulary: taciturn, boon, enlist, spawning, coup de grace, sustenance, dismayed, parable, culling, candor, slaughtered, revelations
Enrichment: Pretend that you are Ootek or Mike and write a character sketch of Mowat from your perspective.
Chapter Thirteen--Wolf Talk
Vocabulary: vocal, canines, plague, baleful, gist, taciturn, venison, converse, mulled, niggling, amends, dereliction, cavalier, ritual, domestic, mock, obscure, adjourn, ebullient, trek,
Enrichment: Pretend that you are Farley Mowat and write a diary that he might have kept during his sojourn into the Arctic. Remember to include his thoughts and feelings about his isolation, the wolves, the government and the Eskimos as well as his findings about the declining caribou population. Share your writings with your peers.
Chapter Fourteen--Puppy Time
Vocabulary: pall, entice, knoll, dejection, paramount, surpassed, paean, morosely, vigil, perturbed, exodus, impelled, consult, weaned, slack, truncated, patriarch, bitch, deterred, bereaved, credence, condescending
Enrichment: Write a book review and then submit it to your local newspaper.
Chapter Fifteen--Uncle Albert Falls in Love
Vocabulary: clutter, aboriginal, myth, ancestry, miscegenation, impetuosity, consummated, celibate, grimace, infatuation, senile, falsetto, salacious, aura, abasement, coyly, assuaged, stalemate, equanimity, cacophony, braggadocio
Enrichment: Make a timeline of all the events in the novel.
Locate mythical stories about the wolf and read one of them.
Chapter Sixteen--Morning Meat Delivery
Vocabulary: outcropping, blunt, rotund, physique, scapula, melee, internecine, retch, convulsive, squeamish, appalling, bloated, mitigate, abdominal, protracted, mute, disdain
Enrichment: Choose a favourite scene from the novel and make a comic strip.
Make a mobile about the story. Before starting make a list of some of the things you might include in the mobile.
Chapter Seventeen--Visitors from Hidden Valley
Vocabulary: devote, lassitude, desultory, droop, insouciance, demeanor, transgressed, slithered, fray, melee, proximity, doldrums, sacrosanct, intrusion, spinster
Enrichment: Mowat uses a very human term in this chapter, describing one of the visiting wolves as a spinster. Find out the meaning of the word and then research its origin.
Chapter Eighteen--Family Life
Vocabulary: static, sheaf, dereliction, census, competent, revise, continence, communal, incurring, malnutrition, distemper, mange, epidemics, vigilantes, intrepid
Enrichment: Make a list of ten questions that you would like to ask Farley Mowat. Compare your list to your classmates.
Chapter Nineteen--Naked to the Wolves
Vocabulary: invigorating, stark, solitude, impart, harmony, bask, pallid, quandary, traverse, apathetic, blase, dispersed, discretion, averted, wary
Enrichment: Assume the role of film director. Together with a small group of your classmates write the script for a short scene (remember it doesn't have to be a complete chapter). After completing the script, chose some actors and dramatize the scene. You may wish to record it for posterity.
Chapter Twenty--The Worm i' the Bud
Vocabulary: inferior, dispersed, fettle, malformed, rigorous, intimately, infirm, tenet, brittle, dismember, carcass, parasites, deftly, restrain, adjuration
Enrichment: Why might Mowat have mentioned that a caribou being killed by a wolf during the hunt probably suffered no more than a hog being slaughtered for human consumption?
Pretend you are a travel agent and plan an eco adventure in Canada's north. Design poster to advertise your eco tour.
Chapter Twenty-One--School Days
Vocabulary: russet, ptarmigan, sluggish, lethargically, lichens, doe, slunk, feint, siesta, placid, evasive, fawns, recalcitrant, flank, exertions
Enrichment: Pretend you are Farley Mowat writing a letter to a friend or family member in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Write a letter to your own friend about the novel.
Vocabulary: pseudo, trivia, peripheral, compliance, lumbar, demented, trajectory, remorse, forceps, idiosyncrasies, don, autopsy, baneful, pliable, revulsion, lugubrious, consternation, timid, rapport, stilted, corroded, spurned
Enrichment: Write up a job posting advertising for a biologist to replace Mowat. Make sure to include a job description and what the government's expectations are for the replacement. Then have your classmates prepare a fictitious resume and covering letter to respond to the posting.
Give a five minute book talk to either your class or another on this novel.
Chapter Twenty-Three--To Kill a Wolf
Vocabulary: taiga, sparse, whim, assault, bounty, subsidy, disseminated, covert, suppressed, vermin, adept, gambit, vilification, decimating, partisanship,
Enrichment: Discuss in detail Mowat's use of humour in this novel. Pay close attention to his use of exaggeration and irony. Describe any other methods that he employs to make us laugh.
Explain the origin of the expression "never cry wolf" and discuss why Mowat might have chosen it for the title of his novel. Can you think of a better title?
Chapter Twenty-Four--The World We Lost
Vocabulary: dither, void, inquisitive, bogy, sleuthing,irrational, appalled, cowering, apparition, alien
Enrichment: Watch the movie, Never Cry Wolf. Explain the differences and similarities between the movie and the book.
Prepare 15 to 20 questions for a small test to evaluate other students by determining how well they have understood the novel.
Good selection of wolf pictures.
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Created byBrian Thornton, Capo Creations, Box 1411, Haileybury, Ontario, CANADA. POJ 1KO
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