Chapter Questions 1-6 (Discuss Week 2)

(Page Numbers From:   The Sea Wolf  by Jack London Unabridged Dover Thrift Edition 2000)


 The Sea-Wolf Reading Questions Ch. 1-6 Due Oct. 28th

Questions with asterisks (*) will be filled out in class.


Memorize Hebrews 9:27-28 “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

Define the Vocabulary Words Below












Ch. 1 p.1-7

  1. Read Brannon Howse’s Friedrich Nietzsche bio—And the Schopenhauer bio. see attached copies. Why do you think Jack London would include an allusion to Nietzsche on page one of his novel and have the main character’s best friend be an avid fan of him, as well as Schopenhauer?

What does this say about who has influenced London’s worldview?

Watch for how the worldview of these two men re-surface in this novel.

 Is navigation very logical and rational, A, B, C? If not, then what does it take according to the man Humphrey Van Weyden talks to on the ferry deck?

  1. What’s the name of the seal hunting schooner that picks up Van Weyden? Where is the boat headed?

*4. For Class Discussion:  Describe the Cook.  Why do you think London includes so many references to breeding and ancestors? How does this fit with his worldview?


 Ch. 2  p.8-13

  1. Describe Wolf Larson. (include page numbers) Note that he is one of the most famous villains in literature.


  1. START A RUNNING LIST on a separate sheet of paper of what Wolf Larson believes the ultimate man and woman should be like.

Jrs/Srs Do # 3.  On page 12, note London’s Naturalistic worldview shaping his descriptions—quote a few phrases that are based on his assumption that Darwin’s theory is true.

9th/10th Do #4.  How is the dead man described?  What might this say about London’s belief about death?


ALL-Notice how many times blasphemy is mentioned.

 Ch. 3  p. 14-22

  1. Does anyone on board have a Bible or Prayer book? (note later where a Bible turns up)

Jrs/Srs. Do # 2:  On page 15, how is Hump a Romantic—How does his view and description of Wolf Larson fit with characteristics of the Romantic Period?  See Literary Periods Hand Out for help.

Literary Period Definitions: Realism, Naturalism & Romanticism LINKS




Glossary Definition: 18th-19th Century literary movement that portrayed the beauty of untamed nature, emotion, the nobility of the common man, rights of the individual, spiritualism, folklore, myth, magic, imagination and fancy. (From Grammar Dog Literary Glossary)

  1. What does Hump do for a living?

Why does Wolf demean him? (p.16)

FILL IN THE BLANKS of what Wolf says to Hump on P. 16:  “Who earned it?  Eh!  I thought so.  Your _________.  You __________ on dead man’s _____.  You’ve  ________ had _____ of your own.  You couldn’t walk between two sunrises and hustle the meat of your belly for three meals.”

*Class Discussion: 4. What similarities do you see between this story and Captains Courageous so far? (p.17)

FILL IN: “And mind you, it’s for your ________   ________ sake.  It will be the ________ of you.  You might learn in time to stand on your own ________ and perhaps toddle a bit.” P. 17

Ch. 4 p. 23-28

  1. What are the conflicts taking shape in the story so far?

Jrs/Srs. Do #2.  How is Hump changing?

What does London attribute the change to?

How does this fit his evolutionary belief in survival of the fittest (and most adaptable)?


9th/10th Do #3.  On page 27, how does Hump describe himself and his background?


Ch. 5 p.29-34

9th/10th Do #1: How is what happens at the beginning of chapter 5 similar to Captains Courageous?

ALL- 2.  What books are in Wolf’s cabin?  Why do you think this may be important?

Jrs/Srs Do #3.   How does Wolf turn Hump’s complaint about being robbed around on him?

What does Wolf think Hump needs to learn?

ALL-4.  Why do you believe in immortality (that a person’s soul is eternal—either destined for eternal life or eternal judgment)?  Cite THREE scriptures that proclaim the truth of immortality (some key words: eternal life, second death, judgment, hell, resurrection, heaven, eternal reward)

  1. On page 33-34, what does Wolf believe about life?

   Ch. 6 p.45-45

*For Class Discussion: 1. (P36-37) What does Louis describe about Wolf’s menacing history?

How do you think Wolf’s beliefs influence his actions?

  1. Describe Johnson.

Class Discussion: 3. What is Wolf Larson’s view of life’s value? What is Hump’s view? 

ALL-4.  Why does human life have intrinsic value?

Why is human life different from animal or insect or yeast life?

Write THREE SCRIPTURES or their references:

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