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In Hatchet, how does Brian's first bow nearly spell disaster for him?

In Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, Brian's first bow nearly spells disaster for him because when he tries to test it, the bow wood explodes in his hands, sending deadly splinters and wood chips into his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2011 10:06 am UTC

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What did the airplane do that made Brian realize he had to land the plane in Hatchet?

When the engine coughs and roars violently, Brian knows that the plane is going to crash. Before the pilot has a heart attack, he shows Brian how to fly the plane, telling him that it’s easy....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 12:44 am UTC

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why is brian not able to hit a fish with his arrow

In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson is stranded in the Great North Woods after a plane crash and must struggle to survive while he awaits rescue. He learns by trial and error how to hunt, fish,...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 12:30 pm UTC

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What wild visitor helps Brian figure out how to build a fire in Hatchet? How? How is the fire symbolic to Brian?

A porcupine inspires Brian to build a fire and symbolizes vulnerability because Brian needs to defend himself from the wild animals. Brian finds himself stranded in the wilderness due to a plane...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2014 4:51 am UTC

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What is an event in the book Hatchet that aids in Brian's survival?

Hatchet is a novel by Gary Paulsen. The story is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Brian Robeson. He is the sole survivor in a plane crash, and he has to survive in the wilderness all by himself...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2018 6:10 am UTC

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Hatchets third person omniscient point of view description? How does third person omniscient view help the reader...

Part of the manner in which the third person omniscient style helps understand much of Brian is through the telling of both a physical and emotional frame of reference. The narration style helps...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 7:26 pm UTC

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How did Brian build " Brushpile One" in Hatchet?

Brushpile One was Brian’s raft. He built it out of whatever sticks and pieces of wood he could salvage. It looked so bad that he named it “brushpile” because it seemed just thrown together. Yet...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

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Identify examples of the S.T.E.A.L. characterization in Paulsen's Hatchet.

In Hatchet, much of Brian's personality development can be explained by the S.T.E.A.L. model of characterization: Speech, Thoughts, Effects on other characters, Actions, Looks. In terms of speech,...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 3:46 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, what happened when Brian laughed and called himself a "City Boy"?

In terms of Brian laughing at his own description of himself as "city boy," I think it goes to show how much Brian has changed. At this particular point in the novel, Brian has developed his own...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 9:49 am UTC

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

Brian is sitting by the lake, contemplating his situation, after somehow surviving the crash. He takes stock of what he has and realizes that he should make an exact catalog of it. He also...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 1:45 am UTC

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Where did Brian land in the book Hatchet?  

Brian must fly from New York to northern Canada to visit his father in the oil fields where he works. His divorced parents share visitation. Aboard a flight on a small plane, Brian quietly...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 3:54 am UTC

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In "Hatchet", what was Brian's plan for not getting lost as he looked for food?

After Brian realized that it could be a long time before he was rescued, he knew he had to look for food. He also needed to stay by the place he was making into his camp--it was open enough for a...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008 3:24 am UTC

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What wild visitor helps Brian figure out how to build a fire? How? What does the fire meant to Brian? nothing else

When Brian is asleep in his cave like dwelling, a porcupine wanders inside. As he seeks to get rid of it, he throws the hatchet- his hatchet- against the cave wall. He notices the sparks that...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 10:10 am UTC

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In Hatchet, sometimes Brian’s thoughts go back to an earlier time, when he was with his mother. What effect do these...

In Hatchet, the "breaks" in Brian's narrative help to enhance his characterization. Brian's narrative is more than just a survival story in the wilderness. There is an emotional undercurrent that...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 4:12 pm UTC

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How did Brian solve his problems?

Brian solved his problems through a combination of skills, ability, knowledge, determination, and luck. In different points in the narrative, he was able to either use his resources to help him...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2013 11:29 am UTC

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What memory kept haunting Brian in "Hatchet"?

One day Brian's riding his bike with his friend Terry. They ride past a shopping mall, and as they do so, Brian catches sight of his mother sitting in a station wagon with a strange man doing...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 6:57 am UTC

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Explain why Gary Paulsen writes the word  "secret" in capital letters. Why is "secret" written in capital.

Paulsen's purpose in writing "the secret" in the manner he does is to highlight its importance in Brian's life. The fact that Brian's mom is involved in this affair with the man in the car...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009 4:49 am UTC

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What are two problems Brian solves in chapter 6?

The first problem that Brian solves in chapter 6 is the problem of how and where to construct a shelter. He decides to build a shelter near the lake because he thinks that he will have a better...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

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What was Brian's plan if he ever heard a plane engine roar overhead in Hatchet?

Brian plans to have a fire ready so that he can wave a burning limb at a plane if he hears it. When Brian’s plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, he is alone because the pilot is dead. Brian...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 6:53 am UTC

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In the book Hatchet, what character traits and qualities does Brian use to face the challenges of hunger, loneliness,...

While Brian is initially presented as just an average boy, he does indeed possess a number of character traits which help him survive in the wilderness. Foremost is his resilience. Things do not go...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 1:10 pm UTC

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What did Brian do after the plane engine died?

In chapter 1, Brian boards a plane to go to Canada to visit his father. His parents had recently gotten divorced: So this summer, this first summer when he was allowed to have "visitation rights"...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 6:04 am UTC

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In Hatchet, why does Brian feel that it is not so important that he does not know where he is, but that "they" do not...

Survival experts consistently recommend that survivors of plane crashes and similar situations stay put. This advice is often confounding to people because they believe that "walking out" is the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 6:41 pm UTC

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How did the tone of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet change through the first six chapters?

During the first six chapters of Hatchet, Brian Robeson begins his transformation into a crafty, tenacious survivor. The tone of the story shifts between the despair and uncertainty caused by...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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In "Hatchet", on what page does the skunk spray Brian in the face?

I have the hard cover version of the book. In my version, the skunk sprays him on page 95. (It's on the second page of chapter 14.)

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 3:03 am UTC

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Why does Brian consider himself lucky in Hatchet?

Brian considers himself lucky because he lived the crash. The pilot's corpse and the destroyed condition of the plane help to reaffirm to Brian how lucky he is. He feels fortunate that his...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010 9:25 am UTC

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What does Brian learn about nature from the moose attack?

Brian is forced into the mud at the bottom of the lake during the attack from the moose. When he surfaces and tries to exit the water, he notices that the hair on the back of the moose stands up...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018 1:39 am UTC

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What did Brian use to clean his shelter?

In chapter 11, Brian cleaned his shelter by smoothing out the sand and hanging up his windbreaker. He might have used his hands or sticks to level the disturbed sand. Either way, there was not much...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017 7:47 pm UTC

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Why does Brian feel alone in the wilderness in Hatchet?

Brian is the main character in the novel Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen. Brian is traveling by himself in a small plane to Canada to visit his father. During their trip, the pilot of the plane...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2019 11:50 am UTC

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What is Brian's plan to land the plane?

Given the fear that is driving Brian at this point, there is no exact and specific plan that he formulates. Brian is grasping at ideas to formulate some course of action because of being so...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 12:06 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, how did the sight of the kingfisher awaken Brian to a new source of food?

The sight of the kingfisher awakens Brian to the idea that he, too, can attempt to catch and eat fish: Sitting on one limb was a blue bird with a crest and sharp beak, a kingfisher—he thought of a...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 9:13 pm UTC

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In "Hatchet", Why does Brian continue to think about the secret?

He can't help it. Because he knew something about the cause of his parents divorce, he feels as if he should have been able to make things right. One side of him knows that, as a child, he really...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2009 11:50 am UTC

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In Hatchet, what does Brian think about in the plane?How does he feel about this topic and why?

In the book Hatchet, thirteen-year old Brian Robeson is the only passenger on a tiny plane bound for the northern woods of Canada. At first, he thinks it’s interesting to be flying in the small...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2017 12:04 pm UTC

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What does Brian decide must be done to land the plane? Where did most of Brian's knowledge of the wilderness and...

Brian realizes that once the plane begins to run out of fuel, it will begin to slow down. His plan to land the plane is to tilt the nose down to keep it flying. He will then pull the nose up to...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 9:50 pm UTC

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What does Brian keep in his mental journal in "Hatchet?" Book by Gary Paulsen

As Brian progresses through his 50 plus days in the wilderness he keeps a mental journal of the things he needs to remember to keep himself alive. Brian continues to make mental lists of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2008 3:27 pm UTC

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What were three events in the book Hatchet?  

Three of the most important events from the book are the crashing of the plane, the finding of food, and the finding of the survival pack. The plane crash is pretty obvious, but it is important...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2016 7:53 pm UTC

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How does Brian see and hear differently from when he first crashed into the lake?  

Over time, Brian undergoes significant changes in both his physical and mental states of being as a result of his experience in the wilderness. One such change is that Brian becomes more aware and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2009 7:54 pm UTC

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Why did Brian say that dipping his hands in the water was nearly the last act of his life?

Brian had just killed a fool bird and was going to try to rinse some of the blood off his hands. He felt that he was lucky to have turned at the last moment, as it gave him the chance to understand...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016 1:41 am UTC

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How does Brian react to the gruesome scene he encounters in the plane in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen?

Brian is horrified and frightened by the condition of the pilot's body, but he continues salvaging the plane because he must. Eventually, Brian goes back to the plane to see what he can salvage....

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 5:41 pm UTC

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Who does Brian blame for his predicament in Hatchet?

Brian primarily blames his mother for his current predicament. The blame is understandable, but his mom did not cause the plane crash. Brian blames his mother because she is the person that...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 6:11 pm UTC

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In chapter 19 and the Epilogue, what does Brian get from the plane?

By chapter 19, Brian is unknowingly coming to the end of his journey. Following a terrible storm Brian realizes the plane has been lifted partially out of the water, and the tail section is above...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009 12:34 pm UTC

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What does Brian have that will aid his survival?

After a plane crash, Brian finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness. At first, he thinks it's just a matter of time before he's rescued. But that doesn't happen, and so Brian is...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2018 9:52 am UTC

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How could I compare and contrast Hatchet with Gary Paulsen's book My Life In Dog Years? Need ideas to get started.

These two books by the same author, on face value, look very different, therefore, let's start out by showing how they contrast. First, Hatchet is fiction and My Life is non-fiction. Hatchet is...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2012 2:28 pm UTC

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In the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, what things does Brian have in his possessions including his clothes?

One of the most important objects is the hatchet; not only is it the title of the work, it is vital for Brian's survival. The hatchet helps to generate fire when Brian throws it against the wall....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 10:34 am UTC

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How does Brian's dream contribute to the plot of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen?

Brian often dreams of the secret, and it is because of the secret that he was headed to Canada. As with many kids, the divorce of Brian’s parents hit him hard psychologically. He was young enough...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 7:51 pm UTC

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Where did Brian shown confidence in the book Hatchet?

Brian shows confidence in coming up with innovative solutions for his survival. For someone who is young and does not have a ton of survival experience, Brian is actually fairly confident. Many...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 9:15 pm UTC

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What is the narrative structure of Hatchet? Dreams and flashbacks are frequently employed. Help me dicuss their...

The narrative of this story has Brian alone with nobody to talk to by the end of the first chapter. The narrative isolation is continued until the final moments of the final chapter. This severely...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2018 8:51 pm UTC

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What is your opinion on the book "Hatchet?"

Seeing that this is an overall opinion question, there will be many different answers. I think it's a phenomenal read. When I taught sixth graders, they were literally engrossed with it. There...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010 4:06 am UTC

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Why was the tornado a good thing for Brian in the book Hatchet?

The tornado sequence happens in chapter 16 of the book. On the whole, Brian is not having a good day in chapter 16. It starts off easily enough, but by the end of the chapter Brian has been...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015 12:59 am UTC

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What event upset Brian so much in Hatchet?

In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, the main character, Brian, crash-lands into the wilderness in a small plane. Only two people are in the plane--just him and the pilot--and the pilot dies. Brian is...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 3:18 am UTC

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At the end of chapter five, Brian decides that he now has two basic necessities. What are they?

The two basic necessities that Brian tries to focus on are shelter and food: "He had to have some kind of shelter and he had to have something to eat." At this point in the story, Brian has...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 10:33 am UTC

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