White Fang Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'White Fang' is a novel by Jack London about the challenging life of a wolf in the Yukon. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

White Fang

Life can be hard. Some parts are harder than others. That is true not just for people, but for animals, too. Jack London's White Fang follows a wolf in the Yukon from birth through his life as he faces challenges and continues to transform himself. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Parts 1-2

The questions in this section discuss White Fang's parents and his childhood.

  • The novel opens with a battle between Bill and Henry and a pack of wolves. How does the she-wolf use cunning to gain advantage over the men? What does this reveal about the nature of wolves? Why do you think the author chooses to open with this story?
  • In Part 2, the focus switches from man's interaction with the wolves to the wolves themselves. What effect does this have on the story?
  • What is the relationship between competition and cooperation for survival of the pack? What are some challenges the she-wolf and her pup face as the pack dwindles?
  • What lesson does the pup learn from his mother about nature? Does this lesson apply to your life? How?

Parts 3-4

The questions in this section review White Fang's response to man as attempts are made to partially tame him.

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