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What kind of shelter did Brian make in Hatchet?  

Brian makes a shelter up against a stone ridge. After the plane crashes, Brian realizes right away that he is going to need some kind of shelter. His windbreaker is torn to shreds. He is also at...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 10:39 am UTC

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How does Brian get rescued?

In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, Brian Robeson is a passenger traveling by plane across the wilderness of Minnesota when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian survives the subsequent plane...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 12:31 am UTC

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What is the setting of "Hatchet"?

Brian is a young boy in "Hatchet." "The central character, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson (whose name echoes his literary ancestry), is stranded alone at a lake deep in the Canadian...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2008 3:53 am UTC

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, in what ways has Brian changed since the airplane crash?

Brian changes dramatically over the course of Hatchet. These changes are mostly tied to his emotional growth. When the story begins, Brian is a typical teenage boy. He is full of self-doubt and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 2:39 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, how do Brian's thoughts, feelings, and reactions change as a response to what has happened to him?

One way in which Brian's thoughts, feelings, and reactions change him is in his development of "tough hope." When Brian is initially confronted with landing the aircraft, his thoughts center on how...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016 1:04 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, how does Brian try to start a fire?

In Chapter 6, Brian laments not having matches as he looks out at the vast amount of dry driftwood around the lake. He tries his best to think of how experts start a fire and begins to rub two...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2016 3:26 pm UTC

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What lessons does Brain recall from Mr.Perpich,his English teacher?

One of the most important lessons that Brian recalls from Mr. Perpich is the need to demonstrate mental toughness in the face of adverse conditions. For Brian, Mr. Perpich's lesson pops into his...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 10:33 am UTC

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What advice did Brian's English teacher, Perpich, give him in school in Hatchet?  

Brian’s English teacher always told him to stay positive and get motivated. When Brian’s plane crashes, the pilot dies and leaves him stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness. He remembers the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 7:52 pm UTC

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What was still troubling Brian about his parents' divorce in "Hatchet"?

There are a few things bothering Brian about his parents' divorce. Obviously, it destroyed his stable, happy life, but it was also the reason and the process that nagged him. He refers to the cause...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 7:07 pm UTC

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Where does the plane crash in Hatchet?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question has to be fairly broad and vague. The plane crashes into a lake somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. Readers are not told the exact heading of the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 7:33 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what did Brian do immediately after the plane landed?

Brian got himself out of the plane and swam to shore. Brian was the only survivor of the plane crash. The pilot had a heart attack and crashed the plane rather than landing it. Brian managed to...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 3:13 am UTC

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Who is Mr. Perpich, and what does Brian think about him in Gary Paulsen's book Hatchet?

By Chapter 5 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, we learn that Mr. Perpich was Brian's English teacher in New York. Though only an English teacher, Brian learned a great deal from him about morale and...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 9:00 am UTC

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What is the main idea of "Hatchet"?

Hatchet's main idea is: through perseverance and common sense, anyone can survive and even thrive. Had Brian become overly panicked and succumb to hopelessness, he undoubtedly would have died, much...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008 11:04 am UTC

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What are the 10 most important events that happen in Hatchet? Can you please give a list?

On his way to visiting his father, Brian Robeson thinks about his parents' divorce and the hatchet his mother bought him before he left. Suddenly, the pilot of the plane collapses, leaving Brian...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2020 9:49 am UTC

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Why did Brian's mother give him a hatchet?

In chapter 1, Brian is flying on a small bush plane to stay with his father, who is a mechanical engineer working in the oil fields of Canada. Brian's parents recently divorced, and his father has...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2017 2:02 pm UTC

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Why did Brian build a raft and what were Brian's problems at the end of chapter 17 of Hatchet?

In chapter 17, Brian works to recover from a moose attack and a tornado that touched down on top of his shelter. After repairing the shelter and gathering wood, Brian turns his attention to the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 2:11 am UTC

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Why is Brian visiting his father in Canada, and how does Brian feel about his mother?

Brian is visiting his father in Canada because his parents have recently gotten a divorce. Brian spends the school year in New York with his mother and his summers with his father, who works as an...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2017 10:01 am UTC

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Why did Brian's parents get divorced?

Readers are never told exactly why Brian's parents got a divorce, but we are told that the divorce proceedings were initiated by Brian's mother. Throughout the first half of the book, Brian keeps...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 11:45 pm UTC

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How is Brian led to the berries in Hatchet?

Brian is led to the berry bushes by the birds. Brian had heard that the woods were full of berry bushes. After his plane crashes, he knows that he has to find food, and he decides that berries are...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 6:42 pm UTC

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What is the external conflict and internal conflict in Hatchet?

Brian's primary internal conflict is with himself, to keep his spirits high and to not lose hope. Brian has no survival experience, and after his plane crash-lands, he has no idea if or how he will...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 3:15 pm UTC

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What food did Brian find to eat?

In the book Hatchet, the thirteen-year-old protagonist, Brian Robeson, is in some serious trouble when the pilot of the small plane he is on has a heart attack and dies. Brian somehow manages to...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 9:47 pm UTC

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What did Brian finally do to get food in Hatchet?  

When Brian grows desperate for food, he thinks of his teacher who used to tell him that he was his biggest asset in any situation. Then he began to consider that there had to be berries somewhere....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 12:28 am UTC

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In Hatchet, how does Brian measure time?

In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Brian measures time in two ways. Brian keeps a mental journal, so it is clear that during his time in the wilderness he does not have access to such basic things such as...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 2:48 pm UTC

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In "Hatchet," what serves as Brian's shelter when he is in the wilderness?

After the plane crash, Brian wakes up on the shore of a lake. He eventually gets to the point that he realizes he needs shelter. "Using the sun and the fact that it rose in the east, and set...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008 12:39 pm UTC

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How did Brian catch the fish? 

Brian tried for a long time to catch fish. He tried using a spear and a bow at different times too. After being stranded in the wilderness for 47 days, Brian has had plenty of trial and error...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2015 12:12 am UTC

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In Hatchet, relate the lesson that Brian learned from his former English teacher. How did he apply this lesson to his...

Mr. Perpich is significant to Brian's narrative. In the midst of everything around Brian, Mr. Perpich's words are some of the few elements that provide a level of focus to a situation that lends...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015 2:39 pm UTC

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What do you learn about "The Secret" in chapters 3-4 of Hatchet?

In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, "the secret" is hinted at from the beginning of the book. From the first page, readers know that Brian's parents are getting a divorce and that there have been lots...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 9:21 pm UTC

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What are Chapters 5 and 6 about in Hatchet?

Chapter 5 Brian wakes up and is surprised by his unquenchable hunger and thirst. He drinks water from the lake and realizes that he is surrounded by vast wilderness, but hopes that he will be...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2009 7:36 am UTC

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What was the important rule of survival Brian learned in either Chapter 7 or 8 of Hatchet?

The most important rule of survival Brian learned in Chapter 8 was that "feeling sorry for yourself didn't work..It wasn't just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009 2:02 pm UTC

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Why is Brian traveling in a bushplane in Gary Paulsen's Hatchet?

In the opening chapter of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, we learn that Brian is traveling in a Cessna 406, a type of bushplane, also spelled bush plane, to Canada to visit his father for the summer.Bush...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 6:59 am UTC

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Where does Brian find shelter? Why does he consider the find lucky?  

Once Brian is able to assess his situation, he realizes that he will need shelter. He decides on a spot on the north side of the ridge. Brian describes the structure as a "sideways bowl" with a...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 11:12 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what is Brian's plan for landing the plane and what conclusion can you draw about Brian from the action...

Hatchet begins by introducing Brian as he boards a single-engine plane, piloted by a stranger, to go visit his father in Canada. During the flight, the pilot apparently suffers a heart attack and...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2014 7:13 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what does Brian see among the raspberry bushes? What does he learn from this experience?

In chapter 7 of Hatchet, Brian, still feeling ill from the "gut cherries," happens upon a bush of much more palatable raspberries. While picking them, he hears a noise. He soon sees that the source...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019 10:37 pm UTC

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Why does Brian's mother give him a hatchet? How does Brian feel about the gift?

When Brian's mother gives him the hatchet, she explains that he will be able to use it on his camping trip with his father. Brian doesn't seem to like the gift very much, and he thinks that "it...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 7:51 pm UTC

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What is the climax of Hatchet?

There are several places in the story where one could place the climax. Once he crashes in the wilderness, it is a slow build up as he learns from various incidents how he is going to survive. He...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015 3:12 am UTC

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How long was Brian's plane in the air before it crashed?

Brian is flying to northern Canada to see his father. The pilot gives Brian the opportunity to see how to fly a plane by giving him a brief lesson. The pilot then has a heart attack and Brian is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009 5:51 am UTC

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What does Brian remember after the dream about his father and Terry?

The answer to your question comes in chapter eight of the novel Hatchet. Brian has just learned the lesson that feeling sorry for himself will not accomplish anything and that he must be an active...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 6:56 pm UTC

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In the book Hatchet, how did Brian solve his raft problem?

Brian used logs that had branches protruding from them instead of clean logs, so he could bind them together more easily. Brian needed a raft to reach the plane, where the survival pack was waiting...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 12:32 am UTC

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Where did Brian crash the plane?  

When the pilot is having his heart attack, his right leg spasms and he knocks into the controls and sends the plane in a twist to the right and Brian does not correct this course change for quite...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 3:03 am UTC

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What is a description of the Canadian wilderness where Brian was located in Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet?

In Chapter 3 of Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, we learn a bit about the Canadian wilderness into which Brian has just crash landed. Before him, stands the lake, "blue and deep," into which he...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 11:37 pm UTC

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What kind of onomatopoeia is in Hatchet?

Onomatopoeia is used throughout Hatchet. Onomatopoeia is the use of a word that imitates the natural sounds of something. It's a really neat tool because it creates a sound effect that attempts to...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019 4:02 pm UTC

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How did Brian's attempt to read tracks in the sand lead to an important discovery in Hatchet?

Brian's attempts to read the tracks in the sand leads to an important discovery when he realizes that his sanity is dependent upon his curiosity. He thinks that the very action of trying to make...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 5:15 pm UTC

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Hatchet summary for chapter 1,2, and 3.

Chapter one starts off, with Brian Robeson, a 13 year old boy, who is getting on a small plane. He is the only passenger of this plane and he is excited to be flying on the single engine plane. He...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2014 10:50 pm UTC

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Why did Brian want to find a lake directly in front of him in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen?

Brian wants to find a lake in front of him because he figures a lake is the best place for him to crash the plane he is now flying. In chapter 1 of the book, the pilot who is flying Brian has a...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2016 7:35 pm UTC

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What are the physical and character traits of Brian that are helping him survive?

In order to survive throughout Hatchet, from the flight that results in a downed plane all the way to his eventual rescue, Brian demonstrates many physical traits and character traits that help him...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2018 2:31 am UTC

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What is an example of simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification in Hatchet?  

Gary Paulson makes ample use of similes, metaphors, onomatopoeias, alliterations, personification, and hyperbole. This makes Hatchet an interesting and dynamic book to read. Below is an example of...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020 4:07 pm UTC

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Why do you think Paulson chose to use Brian's third limited point of view rather than either Brian's first person...

Paulson's choice of a third limited point of view for Hatchet succeeds on several levels. Yet this choice poses two distinct questions. Why not the first person, and why not the third person...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017 2:16 pm UTC

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What did you learn about Brian from his dreams and memories in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen?

From Brian’s dreams and memories, we learn he is overwhelmed with guilt about his mother’s affair. Brian does not fully understand what is happening to his family. It is difficult to comprehend why...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, why does the moose attack Brian?  

That's what Brian wants to know, too, in Chapter 16 when he feels that the moose has attacked him for no reason at all. It's senseless, he thinks, and insane for the moose to have charged him: So...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2016 8:32 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what did Brian mean when he realized his mind and body had made a connection? 

Brian means that his mind and body are working in perfect unison. There is no longer a disconnect between thoughts and actions. His mind registers a stimulus of some kind, and his body instantly...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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