Level 37 / 38 Woodsong (Chapters 1 – 2) By Gary Paulsen


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Level 37 / 38 Woodsong (Chapters 1 – 2)

By Gary Paulsen

  1. What does the term “paradox” mean?

A something that is self-


B above the truth

C an untruth in every way

D means exactly what it says

  1. How does the narrator feel about running a team of dogs?

A He hated the danger of the wild.

B He felt the dogs always let him

down on the trail.

C He was enthralled by the beauty

that surrounded him.

D He wanted to return the dog team

to the wild to live.

  1. What did the narrator learn as he

watched the kill of the doe?
A He realized that he loved the kill.

B He discovered that he was

horrified by the slow,

ripping death of the doe.

C He discovered that he wanted his

dog team to be a part of the kill.

D He discovered that the doe was

much stronger than the wolves.

  1. What was the main result of the

wolves’ kill of the doe on the

A created a desire within him to

know about the ways of nature

B created a hate for all predators in

the wild.

C created a love for the kill of any

wild animal.

D created an “I don’t care” attitude

  1. Which of the following best describes Storm?

A lazy

B excitable

C stupid

D strong-willed

  1. Why did the narrator compare the

running of dogs to sailing a boat

on the ocean?
A both are conditioned to travel, no

matter the conditions

B distance traveled has a direct

relationship to traveling conditions

C distance traveled for both depend

on the amount of water available

D neither distance nor times have

any relationship to each other

  1. What is the genre of this selection?

A biography

B realistic Fiction

C autobiography

D historical fiction

  1. What did the author learn from Storm’s bleeding?

A blood has no bearing on Storm’s

sense of duty

B dogs are deathly afraid of blood

C death will occur within an hour of

the onset of bleeding

D a dog team refuses to move if one

of the members of the team are



(Chapters 3 –4)

  1. Why did the author decide that Columbia had a sense of humor?

A She always made her owner laugh

on trapping runs.

B She suddenly started teasing

another dog with her bone.

C She would perform funny tricks

when anyone came to her lot.

D She began to sleep on her back

with her feet pointing toward the

trapping run.

  1. What does the term “serious cold” mean on page 21?

A cold enough to have to wear head

and hand heaters

B temperatures not counting the

wind chill factor

C cold that prevents wolves from

chasing prey

D temperatures cold enough to cause

steel to break and extremities to

freeze and fall off

  1. What is the most likely reason the dogs became nervous when the author stopped at the whirlpool that was frozen into a cone?

A The whirling water at the bottom

of the cone confused the dogs.

B They slid in circles around the

cone of the whirlpool.

C The whirling water caused the ice

to break loudly and frighten the


D The author slid into the water and

could not get out.

  1. Which of the following completes the graphic organizer?

Cause Cause/


Gary Paulsen

Effect Effect/

A Columbia teases one of the other dogs.

B Olaf became very aggressive and broke

his chain to get a bone.

C The author would pretend to trap so no

one would know his decision to not


D The author decides that if a wolf can

joke, so can a deer and other animals.

  1. What is the significance of the dogs saving Gary Paulsen after his

A He learned to never run dogs on an

unfamiliar travel.

B He realized dogs are intelligent

enough to problem solve.

C He was able to write a book on how to

train dogs to save lives.

D He discovered the importance of

traveling only during daylight hours.

  1. According to the author, what is the primary difference between people

and animals?
A People can think; animals can’t.

B Dogs can save lives; animals don’t.

C People use controlled fire; animals


D Dogs have a sense of humor; people


  1. What was the effect of the fire on the young dogs?

A They chased the sparks from the

flames and singed their fur.

B They loved the fire and then became

afraid after being burned.

C They ignored the fire and burned

their paws.

D They were consumed with fear at first

and then enjoyed the fire.

  1. What was unusual about the doe’s behavior in Gary Paulsen’s campsite one night?

A The doe ran into camp and stood in a

circle of dogs beside the fire.

B The doe lay next to the fire to get warm

before moving on.

C The doe held off a pack of wolves so the

dogs would not be injured.

D The doe joined the dogs and slept in the

dog circle around the fire.

  1. What is the most serious mistake in having a relaxed attitude toward bears?

A The bears can become a pet and cost a

lot of money to feed.

B Bears can come into the yard easily and

kill the dogs and other animals.

C It is easy to forget that they can always

be dangerous.

D Bears get used to having “easy” food

and can no longer hunt for themselves.

  1. What was the main reason for the bear’s attack on Gary Paulsen?

A Scarface had had no food for days and

was hungry.

B There were no garbage dumps and

trash had to be burned.

C Gary Paulsen shot over his head to

frighten him away.

D All the sheep had been killed and there

was not any other food source.

  1. What did Gary Paulsen learn form the bear attack?______________________



Chapters 5 & 6

  1. What is the main reason Hawk behaved as she did?

A She was just mean and uncontrollable.

B She wanted to get the author to pay

more attention to her.

C She considered anything that moved a

threat to her “young”.

D She did not like the author’s wife and

wanted her to leave.

  1. What could be considered a major drawback to having chickens live in the house?

A Chickens peck at and eat the food off

your plate.

B Chickens cannot be housebroken.

C Chickens will chase you around the

house everyday.

D Chickens scratch the floor and ruin it.

  1. Which of the following relationships is most similar to the relationship below?

Hawk : grouse
A baby : mother

B Father : daughter

C professional writer : book

D foster parent : orphan

  1. Which of the following best describes Gary Paulsen when he is out in the wild?

A somber

B neglectful

C melancholy

D observant

  1. What is the overall tone of Chapter 6?

A melancholy

B humorous

C mysterious

D blissful

  1. What is the significance of Gary Paulsen’s decision to place the grouse eggs in Hawk’s nest?

A Hawk broke each egg to kill each baby


B Mrs. Paulsen moved away for the


C The Paulsens and all concerned were

terrorized all summer.

D Mr. Paulsen sold the grouse babies to

make money for food.

  1. What is the main idea of Chapter 5?

A The author found eggs left by a dead

mother grouse.

B Hawk accepted the grouse babies as

her own.

C The banty hen could not keep the

young grouse from flying away.

D Hawk attacked everything that moved

because she considered all a threat to

her” young.

  1. Based on the context of paragraph 4 on page 59, what does the term “vision quest” mean?

A something one visualizes doing in the


B trying to see something in the far


C ability to “see” into the future

D recognizing tasks that need to be


  1. Which of the following has changed the most from the beginning of Gary Paulsen’s story until now?

A his ability to earn an indescribable


B his respect for both tame and wild


C his desire to trap more and more


D his attitude toward bears

  1. People who refuse to kill wild animals are most likely to have which of the following characteristics?

A plummeting values

B sustained stubbornness

C enlightened respect

D unchanging disrespect

  1. Explain both Gary Paulsen’s and the dogs’ reactions to the dead doe on the trail. Be specific. Use details from the story.



Chapters 7 & 8

  1. What is the effect of beginning Chapter 7 with the information the author gave in the first paragraph?

A to explain why owners could never let

the dogs go anywhere else to live

B to show the dogs controlled their

owners as much as the owner

controlled the dogs

C to indicate to the reader how much

dog food it takes to raise dogs

D to describe Fred’s personality and

weight problems

  1. What was the main lesson that Fred taught Gary Paulsen?

A that dogs really do not enjoy their


B that owners have trouble figuring out

dog moods

C that dogs are set in their ways and do

not want to change their habits

D that dogs can become disgruntled and

retaliate a perceived wrong

  1. Which of the following best describes Cookie?

A trustworthy

B dishonest

C hostile

D disobedient

  1. How did Storm communicate with the author?

A short and long barks

B with a stick

C yelping and nipping

D leading him with his mouth

  1. Why did the author tie old Storm to a chain rather than letting him walk through the kennels freely?

A Storm was a vicious dog.

B The younger dogs might provoke a


C Storm was always running away.

D Storm carried sticks into the lot and

piled them up.

  1. What was the significance of Storm’s use of the stick with the author?

A to show trouble was ahead

B to irritate Gary Paulsen

C to indicate that everything was alright

D to provoke the other dogs into a fight

  1. Why was the significance of the author having chained Storm on the day he died?

A The chain was the cause of his death.

B The other dogs tried to set Storm free.

C Storm could not die in the warmth of

the doghouse.

D Gary Paulsen felt remorse about the

way Storm died.

  1. What was the effect of Storm dying with the stick in his mouth?

A The author knew he was forgiven.

B Storm choked on the stick.

C Mr. Paulsen’s wife became very


D The humane society took the other

dogs away.

  1. What causes the author to hallucinate about the Eskimo man the first time?

A He fell and broke his leg and was


B He had the flu or food poisoning.

C He fell out of the sled and could not

get back in.

D He ran into a tree and hurt himself.

  1. What is the Iditarod?

A a famous trail used for trapping

B a general store that sold only running

dogs and sleds

C a name of a town where Gary Paulsen

was born

D a famous dogsled race held each year

in Alaska

  1. What would most likely be the main reason the Iditarod would be such a challenge for most people today?

A Most people are used to comfort-

controlled environments.

B People have trouble walking for long

distances on ice.

C People do not know what an Iditarod

is and would not enter.

D The Iditarod is no longer an event that

Americans can enter.

  1. Is the Iditarod the sort of challenge you would enjoy? Explain why or why not.


  1. Make a connection with a fictional story that you have read in the past that had the characters going on a quest. Compare / contrast the events of the two stories.



Days 1 – 6 (pages 89 – 109)

  1. Which of the following relationships is most similar to the relationships below?

planning : Iditarod
A food : meal

B gifts : birthdays

C guests : wedding

D research : science project

  1. What is the significance of the author’s decision to compete in the Iditarod?

A He must purchase a new dog team.

B Careful planning and organization

became mandatory.

C He had to sell his home to pay the

entry fee.

D His wife decided to compete also.

  1. What was the main reason the beginning of the race was described as “phony” by the author?

A All the media attention was on the

mushers and not on the dogs.

B The contestants were all praising


C The start of the race was not the

actual starting point.

D No one was there to see the contestants

and dogs off to a great start.

  1. How would the experience of the Iditarod help Gary Paulsen the next time he runs the race again?

A He will not run the race again.

B He will pack extra clothes.

C He will take a partner with him.

D He will be much wiser to the dangers.

  1. What was the main reason for the “pandemonium” in paragraph 5 on page 95?

A friends and families meeting mushers

at the checkpoint

B dog fights and rumors at the


C crowded and chaotic conditions at the


D wives and children being run over by

dogs at the checkpoint

  1. What is the main cause of Gary Paulsen’s first hallucination on the trail?

A sleep deprivation

B bad food

C intense cold

D homesickness

  1. Based on the selection, what will most likely happen next with the musher the author meets at the end of Page 97 and the top of page 98?

A The author and the musher will finish

the race together.

B The author will become frightened

and return to Anchorage.

C The musher will probably drop out of

the race.

D The author will stop and invite the

musher to share his fire.

  1. What is the major difference between a dream and a hallucination?

A dreams occur while awake;

hallucinations occur while asleep

B dreams are controllable ;

hallucinations are not controllable

C dreams and hallucinations are the


D dreams drift in and out ;

hallucinations roar in at you

  1. Mushers who tie their arms to the sled while running in the gorge are most likely to have which of the following characteristics?

A ignorant

B genius

C innovative

D protective

  1. What is the tone/mood of the first six days of the Iditarod for Gary Paulsen?

A serenity and excitement

B relentless suffering and pain

C exuberance and joy

D delirious fantasizing and bravery

  1. Based on the context of paragraph 4 on page 90, what does “to scratch” mean?

A to rub an itch

B to remove a choice

C to drop out of the race

D to rip the skin open

  1. Which of the following best completes the graphic organizer?

Iditarod obstacles for Gary Paulsen

Sleep deprivation

Extreme cold


Exhaustion & Confusion

A distracting beauty of a magnificent


B distinguishing reality from


C smooth, snowy terrain

D mandatory rest layovers

  1. How do you feel about the author’s performance in the Iditarod so far? Which of his obstacles would have been the worst for you? Why?



Days 7 – 17 (Pages 110 – 132)

1. What is the significance of the author refusing to take a beer on Day 7?
A He becomes very thirsty and almost dies from lack of liquids.

B The man gets angry and throws three sodas at Gary Paulsen.

C The lead dog, Wilson, is seen running on three legs and sucking his foot.

D The dog team gets to drink the beer and is unable to run the next day.

  1. Why does the dog team and Gary Paulsen seem to be standing still during Day 8?

A The heavy snow makes movement almost impossible.

B Gary Paulsen can not see the team moving because he is blinded by the sun.

C The land all looks the same and is stultifying.

D Gary Paulsen is hallucinating and thinks they are not moving.

  1. Why does Wilson keep falling over?

A He is sleepy.

B He is bored

C He is sick.

D He is scared.

4. What is the main reason the author does not reveal that he was the one who kept saying “Willy?”?
A The man would not believe him.

B Gary Paulsen is embarrassed.

C Willy asked him not to.

D There was not enough time to tell him.

5. How did the author feel about the man who landed his plane in the ghost town on Day 9?
A He is grateful to him.

B He is confused and upset.

C He is proud to have met him.

D He is strange and unusual.
6. What was the significance of the author feeding one of his dos all of his own food?
A The dog became sick and was left behind.

B He became very fond of butter and ate nothing else.

C He overate chili and had severe gastric distress.

D The other dogs became jealous and started fights.
7. What was the author’s greatest challenge on Day 10?
A rain

B wind

C snow

D ice
8. Which statement about “serious cold” is best supported by the selection?
A This terrible night I got too cold.

B Running brings my body heat back up.

C The raw air freezes the sides of my throat and blood vessels burst.

D I sit on my sled with my back to the soul-cold wind.

9. To what does the author compare “serious cold”?
A being chilled to the bone

B coming down like death

C having chattering teeth

D running with no breath
10. Which experience is most similar to the author’s experience during the last four days of this race for the finish?

A driving down the interstate as cars speed by you

B playing harder and harder to win a basketball game

C playing a game in a sport you love and are way behind in score points

D deciding to quit because there is not way you can win
11. With which statement would the author most likely agree?
A always strive to be the best, no matter the cost.

B If a task seems too difficult, stop and seek another direction.

Never begin a task when there is a chance you may not succeed.

D It does not matter if you win or lose; it is how you play the game that counts.
12. Explain the author’s emotions at the ending of the race. Why did he almost go back without crossing the finish line? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

13. Give two reasons why Gary Paulsen decided to cross the finish line. Do you think he did the right thing? Why or why not? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

14. What is your opinion of this selection? Explain your response. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Answer Key

Chapters 1 & 2

  1. A

  2. C

  3. B

  4. A

  5. D

  6. B

  7. C

  8. A


  1. B

  2. D

  3. A

  4. D

  5. B

  6. C

  7. D

  8. A

  9. C

  10. B



  1. C

  2. B

  3. D

  4. D

  5. C

  6. C

  7. D

  8. A

  9. B

  10. C



  1. B

  2. D
  3. A

  4. B

  5. B

  6. C

  7. D

  8. A

  9. B

  10. D

  11. A



DAYS 1 – 6

  1. D

  2. B

  3. C

  4. D

  5. C

  6. A

  7. C

  8. D

  9. A

  10. B

  11. C

  12. B



Answer Key

DAYS 7 – 17

  1. C

  2. C

  3. B

  4. B

  5. D

  6. C

  7. B

  8. C

  9. B

  10. C

  11. D





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