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1. What is the setting of Chapter 1: “The Trail of Meat”? Where are the travelers going?

Two men, Henry and Bill, are hiking through a spruce forest in the far North (Yukon Territory). It is deep winter. Snow covers the ground. The temperature is far below zero, and it is light only for a few hours each day. The men are going to Fort McGurry.

2. What are the main characters of Chapter 1: “The Trail of Meat” transporting? What sound follows them?

On the sled, along with equipment and supplies, is a coffin that holds the body of a man called Lord Alfred. They constantly hear wolves howling, and they know that the nearly starved wolves are tracking them in hopes of killing them for food.

3. What is strange about Bill’s feeding of the sled-dogs in Chapter 1: “The Trail of Meat”?

After the men make camp for the night, Bill feeds the dogs. He later tells Henry that seven dogs, not six, came to be fed. The men realize that one was a somewhat tame wolf. That night, one of their dogs disappears, lured away and eaten by the wolves.

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