1. How is Buck described at the beginning of the book?
Buck is a 140-pound, 4-year-old dog living in the Santa Clara Valley of California. He is a big and strong dog who is loyal to his owner.
2. How is Buck's life described at the beginning of the book?
Buck's life at Judge Miller's place is filled with hunting with the Judge's sons, protectively walking with the Judge's daughters, playing with the Judge's grandsons, and generally watching over the entirety of the Judge's estate, the place he was born.
3. How does Buck feel about humans at the beginning of the book?
Buck has always been treated kindly and believes that humans know more than he does, and that they have his best interests at heart.
4. Who is Manuel, and why does Manuel sell Buck?
Manuel is the Judge's gardener. He has incurred a huge gambling debt and has very little time left to pay it off. He knows that Buck is a healthy and valuable dog, and decides to sell him in order to raise the money to pay off his debt.
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