Questions and Answers for Hatchet

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What mistake did Brian make in the use of his hatchet?

After the tornado, Brian attempts to get his shelter repaired. As he's looking down the shoreline for wood, he notices the tail of the plane sticking out of the lake. It occurs to Brian that if the...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 3:12 pm 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 are the most significant items in the survival kit? Why does Brian have mixed feelings about them?

In chapter 18, Brian ends up retrieving the valuable survival pack from the partly submerged plane in the middle of the lake. At the beginning of chapter 19, Brian empties the survival pack and...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 2:14 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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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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In Hatchet, how did Brian escape the moose?

It's Chapter 16 of Hatchet and Brian is washing his hands in the lake. He's suddenly aware of a strange presence behind him. When he turns round to see what it is, he's confronted by the sight of a...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 9:33 am UTC

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Describe Brian's plan to land the plane when it ran out of fuel?

The sequence in question is in chapter 2. The pilot of the plane has had a heart and has died. Brian is in control of the aircraft and had been able to make brief radio contact with somebody....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 3:45 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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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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What does Brian call a survival pack in Gary Paulsen's Hatchet?

In Chapter 1 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, the narrator explains that Brian is flying from New York to Canada to spend the summer with his father, who is working in Canada's oil fields, having just...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 5:02 am UTC

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How does the personification of the storm in chapter 16 of Hatchet add to or enhance the conflict?

The personification of the storm enhances the conflict because it creates suspense, as Brian has recently faced the moose and his defenses are low. By this point, Brian is successful at getting...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 4:25 am UTC

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Why does Brian feel fire is his friend?

In the novel Hatchet, Brian attempts to survive in the wilderness with very few resources, in a mostly untraveled and desperately cold part of Canada. Anyone who has been a survivalist knows that...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 3:08 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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State one or more details from Hatchet to describe your understanding of Brian's family situation.

Readers are updated on Brian's emotions and thoughts regarding his family situation throughout the text; however, the narrator does not waste any time letting readers know that Brian's family...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2020 1:40 pm UTC

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What does Brian mean when he says "Discoveries happened because they needed to happen"?

Brian's sentiment helps to carve out the basic elements of his mental toughness that is characteristic of his survival narrative. Brian's suggestion is that the discoveries that advanced...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 10:07 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, how did you react to Brian's thoughts and actions? Do you think he is sensible or unreasonable? Explain.

When Brian embraces the thinking of his English teacher, Mr. Perpich, he demonstrates sensible and reasonable thinking patterns. One of Mr. Perpich's lessons to Brian is that "You are your most...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2014 9:37 am UTC

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Brian, from Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, feels that he is both lucky and unlucky after the crash. How is he both luck and...

The protagonist of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet is Brian Robeson. In the beginning of the story, Brian is traveling on a plane to visit his father. Unfortunately, the plane crashes (yet not without Brian...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 7:58 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 does Brian learn about patience in Hatchet?

Brian learns the value of patience during his experience in the wilderness in the novel Hatchet. The ordeal is very grueling, and Brian realizes that he can't focus on everything at once, nor can...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019 6:03 pm UTC

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What is the physical and mental state of Brian after the plane crash?

Considering that Brian was just in a plane crash and is now alone in the wilderness, he is both mentally and physically doing quite well. That's not to say that Brian is injury-free. He's alive...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 2:20 pm UTC

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What left Bryan with nothing and made him want to die?

In Hatchet, Brian experiences many moments where he is reduced to tears. He is alone, scared, and hungry. After a brief moment of crying, Brian is usually able to focus and determine what next step...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018 2:08 pm UTC

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What is the main idea of Hatchet?

Hatchet is a book about a boy, Brian Robeson, who gets stranded in the Canadian wilderness on his way to visit his father. Left alone, Brian has to figure out how to survive. He has no training and...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2010 5:55 am UTC

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How does Brian try starting his first fire? 

Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet is a story of survival. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, traveling to see his father, is stranded in the Minnesota woods when the pilot of the plane dies from a heart...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2016 12:46 am UTC

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Why did Brian make a food shelf in the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen?

Brian discovered that leaving food accessible to the animals and other forces of nature was foolish. With that fact in mind, he determined to build himself a storage spot for the food so that...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 10:40 pm UTC

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How does Brian make his fishing spear? Why doesn't it work for him? Do you think he does a good job?

Brian makes his fishing spear out of willow wood that he sharpens using his hatchet. First, he scrapes out the bark of the willow to remain with a “six-foot long straight stick that was about an...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 11:08 am UTC

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In Hatchet chapter 13-14:  What is the problem and how did Brian solve the problem, and tell who is the character and...

In Hatchet there are many "problems", otherwise known as conflicts. Usually when writing about literature we say "conflict" when talking about problems characters encounter. Conflicts can be...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009 2:11 am UTC

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In Hatchet, how does Brian put clues together to figure out the identity of the animal he hears in the night, and how...

In Hatchet, Brian has a few encounters with animals in the night. One such encounter occurs on the night after Brian was able to successfully build a fire. He hears a sound like something being...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 5:16 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, why was Brian having a difficult time accepting the divorce of his parents?

The biggest thing that seems to bother Brian is "the secret." At the beginning of chapter four it is described as something that is terrifically painful to him. The memory seems to come to him as...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 1:42 am UTC

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Describe the memory that was painful to Brian in Hatchet.  

At the beginning of the novel, Brian mentions "The Secret," which continually haunts his memories and is the cause of his parents' divorce. Brian mentions that his mother was the one who initiated...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2017 3:18 pm UTC

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What effect did the large number of berries have on Brian in Hatchet?

Brian gets a stomach ache from eating too many berries. One of Brian’s first concerns when he finds himself the only survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness is where to find food....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 9:33 am UTC

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What is a short summary of chapter 4 in Hatchet?

Chapter 4 begins with Brian waking up from a terrible dream. It is evident that he became unconscious in the aftermath of the crash. In Brian's dream, he sees his mother sitting in a station wagon...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what did Brian pull out of the plane?

Brian emerges from the plane wreckage on two occasions in the book Hatchet, once immediately after the crash and again when he goes in search of the survival pack. The question of what Brian pulls...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 1:54 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, Brian felt like he was a new person. Where and how did this take place?

In the novel Hatchet, Brian’s epiphany comes as part of a long process of transformation that has several definite steps. The gradual change in his type of self-awareness from self-pity to pride...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 9:11 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what did Brian do that attracted the fish?

Gary Paulsen's 1987 novel Hatchet tells the story of a thirteen-year-old-boy, Brian Robeson, and his journey to survive in the wild. While on a small passenger plane with only himself and the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018 5:10 am UTC

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In Hatchet, what things did Brian think about when he woke up from his second sleep?

Upon waking from the second sleep, Brian starts to take some basic stock in where he is and what has happened. After the first sleep, Brian was completely overcome with the uncertainty in the post-...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2015 1:55 pm UTC

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What type of plane was Brian flying on in Hatchet?

Hatchet is the story of a young man that boards a plane in order to visit his father in Canada. The pilot of the plane suffers a heart attack, causing the plane to crash. Brian, the only survivor,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 4:12 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, did the plane crash due to the pilot's death or running out of fuel?

The primary reason for the plane crash was that the pilot suffered a heart attack and died mid air, leaving the controls to an inexperienced passenger. The passenger opted to continue flying until...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 11:37 am UTC

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In the book, Hatchet, what was Brian's next idea to try to catch the fish? because he wasnt successful the first time

Brian struggles for food sources. He realizes that catching fish in the L Shaped Lake could help him with this. His original attempt was to make a spear and use it to catch the fish. This was a...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2009 6:47 am UTC

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What kid of tool does Brian us in the book "hatchet?"

The primary tool that Brian uses throughout the novel is the hatchet. It sounds silly, but once the pilot teaches him how to fly the plane, he refers to the hatchet many times. It is what helps...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 7:53 pm UTC

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What does Brian's fish spear look like in Hatchet?  

Brian makes a two-pronged spear for fishing by whittling it out of willow wood. When the small plane Brian is flying in crashes into the Canadian wilderness, Brian is on his own. He realizes that...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2016 5:56 am UTC

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What month and year did Brian crash and was rescued in Hatchet?  

There is not an exact answer to this particular question. We know a couple of things from Paulsen's work which can give some level of hint to a potential answer. The first chapter of the work...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2009 4:56 am UTC

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, what does Brian do with the eggs an animal laid outside his shelter?

Brian eats six of the eggs raw and then decides to store the rest to eat more slowly. When you are stranded alone in the wilderness, getting food can be very difficult. Brian is pretty clever in...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016 12:59 am UTC

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What happened to Brian's hearing in Hatchet?

Brian’s hearing became more acute the longer he was in the wilderness. Not long after Brian crashed in the wilderness, he began to realize that his sense of hearing was becoming more acute. With...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2014 4:38 am UTC

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, what is the most important thing Brian does to survive?

The most important thing that Brian does to survive in Hatchet is develop his mental toughness. Brian was in a state of panic prior to recognizing the power of mental strength. He had taken over...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 7:23 am UTC

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What does Brian need to survive? 

The title of Paulsen's novel Hatchet, refers to an actual hatchet that Brian received as a gift from his mother. The hatchet comes to symbolize several things in the novel but it primarily...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 1:58 am UTC

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What was Brian doing when the plane flew by and he didn't see it?

Brian is in the process of making a bow when the search plane flies overhead. Toward the end of chapter 12, Brian takes his spear and hatchet with him to find more firewood and to make a bow. While...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2017 5:01 pm UTC

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What literary device was used to build suspense in "Hatchet" written by Gary Paulsen?

Paulsen uses a variety of devices to build suspense in Brian Robeson’s tale of survival. The use of flashback is particularly effective in this regard. Paulsen uses Brian’s flashback to help set...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010 4:18 pm UTC

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Who is Perpich and why does Brian think about him in Hatchet?

Perpich was Brian’s English teacher, and Brian values his advice. Brian is involved in a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. The pilot has a heart attack and dies, and Brian goes down with the...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 7:59 am UTC

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In Hatchet, where is Brian Robeson headed when his plane crashes?

In the novel Hatchet, the protagonist, Brian, is traveling via plane from his mother's home in Hampton, New York, to visit his father in the oil fields of Canada. Brian's parents are recently...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 6:33 pm UTC

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