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Home  >  Teaching and Learning  >  Ordinary Wolves  >  Discussion Questions
Chapter 1

Chapter Summary:  Cutuk, Jerry, and Iris Hawcly prepare the sod-igloo for a visitor, Enuk Wolfglove. Abe is too generous to visitors. Enuk shares his hunting stories and the young Cutuk dreams of being a respected hunter like Enuk.

Discussion Questions:

Why does Abe tell the children to "hide the vanilla" at signs of a traveler? (p. 9)

Points to Consider:

  • Vanilla contains alcohol. Alcohol is scarce, but abused in the area, and Abe doesn't want to tempt a visitor to steal their vanilla.

Why does Cutuk want so desperately to be like Enuk when he grows up? (p. 10)

Points to Consider:

  • Cutuk finds the old hunter mystical and fascinating.
  • He respects the old man's hunting abilities.

How have the Hawcly children dealt with the disappearance of their mother?

Points to Consider:

  • Iris has taken over the role of mother, and Jerry and Cutuk share many of the chores.
  • The children seem to manage the household duties of cleaning and cooking.

What actions of Abe's bother Cutuk?

Points to Consider:

  • Abe is generous to a fault. He shares the family's caribou meat and money. Cutuk is mad that Abe gives Woodrow the fifty dollars, but he's angrier that Woodrow didn't spend the night or bring their mail.

Why is Cutuk so critical about his Caucasian features?

Points to Consider:

  • His blond hair and blue eyes are constant reminders that he isn't Eskimo and will never be. He's constantly aware of being white and an outsider.


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