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Home  >  Teaching and Learning  >  Ordinary Wolves  >  Discussion Questions
Chapter 10
Chapter Summary: 
A wolf watches a human walk along the creek in the canyon below her den. She watches his movements and interprets his disposition from the way he walks. He's not hunting, but he senses her and they lock eyes. This is the first close human encounter she has had. He backs away and flees down the creek.

Discussion Questions:

What does this fleeting moment in the wolf's mind add to the narrative?

Points to Consider:

  • A layer of mystery has been added to this chapter. Who is the man? Why is he unarmed, and why does he react the way he does when he locks eyes with the wolf?
  • Later readers will learn this was Cutuk looking for Enuk.

Why is she suddenly concerned about her mate?

Points to Consider:

  • The arrival of the human in her canyon makes her concerned for her mate's safety. This personification of the wolf adds to previous chapter and Cutuk's distress over the male wolf he killed.

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