Call Me Francis Tucket
Francis Tucket now feels more confident that he can handle just about anything. A year ago, on the wagon train, he was kidnapped from his family by a Pawnee hunting party. Then he escaped with the help of the mountain man Mr. Grimes. Now that he and Mr. Grimes have parted ways, Francis is heading west on his Indian pony, crossing the endless prairie, trying to find his family. After a year with Mr. Grimes, Francis has learned to live by the harsh code of the wilderness. He can cause a stampede, survive his own mistakes, and face up to desperadoes. But when he rescues a little girl and her younger brother, Francis takes on more than he bargained for. All of a sudden he's in charge of Lottie and Billy, a family of his own. Fast-paced and exciting, Calling Me Francis Tucket continues the journey begun in Mr. Tucket, taking readers deeper into the American West, and deeper into Francis's changing knowledge of what it takes to survive on a new frontier.
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Notice the description on this page. The items being described tell a lot about the setting of the story. Tucket is thinking about a “wagon train” and mentions the Native American “Pawnee” tribe. This lets you know that this book falls into the historical fiction genre.
This novel is the second in a series of Tucket novels by author, Gary Paulsen. In the previous book, Francis was separated from his family, captured by Indians and rescued by Mr. Grimes. How do you think Francis will do on his own?
Notice how hostile Francis becomes when Mr. Grimes is mentioned. At the end of "Mr. Tucket" Francis did not display the same anger. Why do you think his view has changed?
Why does it make sense that Francis misses Mr. Grimes?
What was Francis's first biggest mistake?
Watch the clip below and imagine what Francis must be feeling being surrounded by thousands of spooked buffalo. (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses a lot of imagery in this scene to give the reader a clear mental picture of what a buffalo stampede is like. Pay careful attention to the language the author uses during this scene. To learn more about imagery, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
Which set of words from the highlighted text BEST indicates that the author is using imagery?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Check out the definition of "viciously." What does the author's word choice tell you about Francis's hunger?
Explain how the setting impacts Francis's sense of safety as he settles down to eat. Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Can you think of what Francis is forgetting to do? Notice how the author uses this scene to hint at the possibility of something going wrong. Adding details to hint at what might happen is called foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
"...the lines around his black eyes did not match the smile" How does this line change the tone and create tension?
Courtweiler's comment is a bit irritating, don't you think? He is lecturing Francis with advice he doesn't even practice himself. Francis is a true outdoorsman and can survive on his own. Courtweiler on the other hand preys on other people to stay alive.
The theme is the overall message that is repeated throughout the course of the story. The highlighted paragraph addresses the theme of survival. To learn more about this concept, watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
What can you conclude about Francis as he struggles to remember what Courtweiler said?
Francis's reaction to having the mule around shows that
Notice how Francis's view of the mule has shifted. The mule is now a source of comfort and protection for Francis instead of a nuisance.
Chapter 1-4 Quiz
Francis is feeling pressed for time and realizes he doesn't have room to make a mistake. Francis's thinking shows maturity and also the intensity of the scene.
What literary technique is used in the highlighted passages to describe this scene?
In addition to giving Francis a sense of safety, what else does the rifle represent that would cause Francis to miss it?
Wow, what an image! Did you know that a comparison that uses "like" or "as" is called a simile? On the other hand, a comparison without "like" or "as" is called a metaphor. Keep your eyes peeled for more examples. (This annotation contains a video)
Which is more valuable; Francis's new companions or the supplies he got off Court and Bub? Explain your response and support your reasoning with evidence from the text.
What did Francis just realize?
Lost. What does this word make you feel or imagine? A word has two meanings, a connotation and denotation. In what ways is Francis feeling lost in this scene? (This annotation contains an image)
Which sentence or phrase from the highlighted paragraph demonstrates the author's use of imagery?
Francis is compassionate and careful in how he impacts his surroundings. Although he is starving and tired, Francis is not desperate enough to kill the fawn and doe. This says a lot about his character, don't you agree?
What impact does the phrase "The next morning was different," have on your thinking as the reader?
Francis instinctually knows something is off about the wagon. What do you think he will find?
Wow, this is unexpected. How do you think Francis is going to handle this situation?
Analyze Francis's motivation in deciding to take the children with him. What positive impact will they have on Francis's thinking and actions?
Chapters 5-8 Quiz
On what other occasion was Francis surprised by the mule?
Notice the contrast in how Francis and the little boy leave the wagon behind. Francis's actions reflect the changes and hardships he has endured since losing track of his own wagon.
"He should have known better. Every time he'd let his guard down something had come at him," This sentence foreshadows that
Lottie's nonstop jabber is finally paying off. The Indian is amused with Lottie's chatter and his reaction helps ease the tension of the meeting.
This is a good lesson for Francis to teach the children. It is important for the children to learn how to relate to the Indians, so their differences are valued rather than seen as savage. Can you think of more examples that support acceptance as a theme?
Explain how the conflict created by the setting are affecting Francis differently now that he has the children with him. Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Do you think Lottie is tired of talking or is there a bigger issue Francis is not noticing? Keep an eye on Lottie and how she is acting.
Compare these men to the Indians Francis and the children met earlier. How does this scene illustrate a different sort of savageness? Use text evidence to support your response.
Think of all the events that have led up to this moment. Francis is frustrated with these men, but he is also exhausted by their lack of compassion. Do you agree with Francis's thinking or is he overreacting?
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of shrewdly. Based on the definition, what can you infer about the man?
You would think that Francis would read his gut instincts a little bit better by now! What do you think is going to happen? Can you find any clues that support Francis's hunch?
What is different about Francis's decision to not look back?
What do you think Mr. Grimes would say about how Francis has changed and matured? Have you noticed how similar they are becoming?
What can you conclude about why Billy turns his back to Francis and how Francis acknowledges the boy's actions? Use text evidence to support your response.
The trading-post owner probably gave Lottie and Billy food and water and then told them they had to work to pay it off.
How has Francis's view of survival evolved since the beginning of the book?
Chapters 9-13 Quiz