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In the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, what would be some good starting points to write a series of journal entries...

Okay, simple enough. I can't write the journal entries for you, but I can get you started in the right direction. I am going to assume that you have read the book. If not, then my recommendation is...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2015 11:17 pm UTC

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How does Brian solve the problem of not having a fire to cook the eggs in Hatchet?

Brian actually has a fire by the time he discovers the eggs, but is unable to cook them because he has no container in which to put them and hold them over the flames. He solves his problem by...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2010 6:28 am UTC

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Why does Brian feel that it is necessary to clean up his camp area?

In chapter 16, Brian experiences two great misfortunes when he is attacked by a massive moose and his belongings are scattered onto the lake after a tornado hits his campsite. Despite suffering a...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 12:21 pm UTC

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What was the hatchet good for and how did having it help Brian to survive his ordeal?

One of the first ways that the hatchet is important to Brian is that he feels it is something useful. When he takes inventory of the things he has, it is the one thing that he considers to be a...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 1:32 am UTC

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In Hatchet, why is Brian visiting his father in Canada?

Brian's mother and father have divorced and Brian is flying up to the oil fields to visit his father. Clearly there are custody arrangements that allow for him to visit there occasionally while the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015 2:49 am UTC

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In the book Hatchet, how does Brian learn so much about turtles?

According to the text, Brian learned about turtles from a television program. In the story, his curiosity is piqued when he realizes that there are clawed marks on the sand going towards the lake...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 8:36 pm UTC

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How did Brian improve his arrows?

When Brian is working to find some of the foolbirds and finally realizes the way to find them is by looking for the particular shape, he is very excited. The only problem is that his arrows have...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 1:18 am UTC

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In the book  Hatchet, what things helped Brian think of ways to survive?

In Chapter 8, two events help Brian think of a way to make the most significant survival resource of all: fire. The first event seems pretty terrible at first: Brian is attacked by a porcupine. To...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 5:47 pm UTC

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What are some mistakes Brian made?

Brian makes a number of basic mistakes in Hatchet, which isn't altogether surprising when you consider that he's not used to surviving out in the wilderness. One of the biggest mistakes that he...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 9:02 am UTC

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In Hatchet, what two true things come to Brian's mind after not being rescued by the plane?  

When Brian hears the rescue plane, he visualizes in his mind what will happen. He imagines the plane coming back around to get him, and he sees himself telling his story to his father. However, the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018 2:24 pm UTC

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Did Brian try to use a transmitter?

Brian uses a transmitter twice throughout the novel. In chapter 2, Brian realizes that the pilot is dead and takes over flying the plane. Unfortunately, Brian has no idea how to fly a plane and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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In the book Hatchet, why does Brian push the nose of the plane down and throw up?

The previous post was quite strong. The essence of the scene is that Brian is desperately trying to land the plane. He has received a small amount of instruction from the pilot, who is now dead....

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010 7:56 pm UTC

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Why does Brian fail to signal the search plane?

Although Brian had figured out how to make fire by the time the search plane flew by (after seeing sparks in the dark when the hatchet struck the shelter wall), he did not have the signal fire...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2009 9:33 am UTC

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What is Brian's most important discovery in Hatchet?

Without a doubt, Brian's most important discovery during his whole ordeal is his ability to make fire. Not only does his ability to start a fire save him from dying in the wilderness, it allows him...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 4:17 pm UTC

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What added responsibility did the fire impose upon Brian?

The creation of fire is an important moment for Brian. On one hand, he recognizes the responsibility he has to continue to persevere. The development of fire was not easy for Brian. Regardless...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2011 7:55 pm UTC

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What happened after Brian realized that feeling sorry for himself was not going to help?

One of the realizations that Brian makes in understanding how feeling sorry for himself was not going to help him was his embrace of "tough hope." This philosophy stressed that he was not going to...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2013 11:37 am UTC

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Discuss the climax in Hatchet.

I had to pare down the original question as it featured multiple elements within it. I think that the climax to Paulsen's novel can be seen in a couple of different lights. On one hand, I think...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 9:43 am UTC

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What does Brian's teacher always talk about in class?

In chapter 5 of Hatchet, Brian's starting to reminisce about the past. Up until now, Brian's had to deal with the many practical challenges of surviving in this hostile wilderness, and so hasn't...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018 8:09 am UTC

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Why didn't Brian react to the plane or pilot?

I believe that this question is asking about the sequence of events that occur in chapter one when the pilot of the small plane is having a heart attack. Brian doesn't react much to the pilot for...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2018 3:35 pm UTC

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Two very important objects for Brian in the novel Hatchet are his hatchet and the survival pack he struggles to...

The hatchet has several meanings for Brian. Although it is essential to his survival, it is also a connection to his past. His mother gave it to him, and when he thinks of her, he thinks of The...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 1:18 am UTC

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In Hatchet, why didn't Brian light the signal fire right away? 

Brian did not have enough wood to keep the signal fire going constantly. Also, he needed to be able to go out and search for food, which he couldn't do if he was constantly babysitting the signal...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 2:24 am UTC

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What might have happened if Brian, in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, had gone through regular airport security in today's...

I assume you are referring to the plane ride Brian Robeson takes in the opening chapter of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. When we first meet the thirteen-year-old, he is full of excitement about making a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2014 11:46 pm UTC

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In what two ways does Brian measure time? Which way has the most meaning for him and why?

This question is asking about information that readers can find at the very beginning of chapter 15. Readers are told that the days began to blur into each other for Brian, and keeping track of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 9:18 pm UTC

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In Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, what do you think would have happened if Brian had found the survival pack much earlier?...

If Brian had found the survival pack earlier, he would not have been as dependent on the hatchet and he would have probably been less stressed in general. Brian is very focused on the survival...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 1:28 am UTC

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What is a quote from the book about the setting?

The novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is set in the Canadian wilderness. After a plane crash, Brian is stranded in the wilderness, alone and terrified. The wilderness plays a very important role...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 9:33 am UTC

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In "Hatchet," how do the turtle tracks help Brian begin thinking the way an animal thinks?

When Brian follows the turtle tracks and discovers that the turtle had come "up from the water to a small pile of sand, then (gone) back down into the water", his first thought is that it...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2008 4:04 am UTC

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Describe the bird that Brian thinks about trying to catch.  

At first Brian is constantly looking for the color of the bird, trying to see its feathers amidst all the brush. This seemed to always end with the birds taking off just as he sees them. But then...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 1:49 am UTC

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Discuss the importance of Brian's major breakthrough in "Hatchet."

I would pose another breakthrough for Brian. I think that enduring the moose attack and the tornado are significant breakthroughs for Brian. He does not cry nor does he give into unehealthy...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011 8:05 pm UTC

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In Hatchet where does Brian sit in the plane?

Brian sits in the copilot seat of the small plane. The plane Brian takes to Canada is a Cessna 406, a very small “bush-plane.” He is the only passenger. The pilot is not very talkative either....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

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In the book Hatchet, why does Brian refer to the time after he tries to kill himself as "new time"?  

Brian refers to that shift in his life and attitude as "new time" because the shift is a complete turn in Brian's attitude about his situation. People talk about the idea of "turning over a new...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 1:23 pm UTC

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What preparation did Brian have for his emergency solo flight?  

As was mentioned in the previous answer, Brian does not have any formal training flying a bush plane. However, the pilot does give Brian a chance to steer the plane for a little while. Brian turns...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2016 5:49 pm UTC

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Provide evidence that despite his perilous situation, Brian remains optimistic.

I think that Brian never concedes defeat in his situation. He does ask why and engages in some level of pity at specific moments. However, Brian does not acquiesce to the overwhelming odds and...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011 6:44 pm UTC

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What was surprising in Gary Paulsen's Hatchet?

Brian's evolution is an element of surprise in Hatchet. As the novel begins, Brian is a withdrawn, emotionally challenged teenager. He sees his parents' divorce as the worst thing that could happen...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016 12:27 am UTC

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For how long was Brian missing?

Thirteen year old Brian Robeson boards a plane to visit his father, who is working in Canadian oil fields. He is traveling from the New York City area to the Canadian wilderness, and he isn't...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2017 6:24 am UTC

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What dilemma or conflict does Brian face in chapter 15?

In chapter 15, Brian is recalling the day of "first meat." He recalls being plagued by a craving for meat, something different from the fish he'd been able to eat regularly up until that point. He...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 3:10 am UTC

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What does Brian decide his shelter should provide in addition to keeping put the wind and rain?

Hatchet follows the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, whose plane crashes over the Canadian woods. The pilot who was flying Brian dies, and Brian quickly realizes that he will have to fend...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 11:45 pm UTC

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hatchet What is an arguable thesis that presents a literary analysis of Hatchet?

You can attack literary analysis of Hatchet from several different directions. For instance, you could write about character development and the way Brian Robeson's experiences alone in the...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010 9:06 am UTC

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In the book Hatchet, where does Brian get his knowledge of the wilderness?

As he crashes into the lake, Brian has basically no knowledge of the wilderness. He had flown over it previously to visit his father but never spent any significant time in it. The fact that his...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015 2:36 am UTC

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Why does Gary Paulsen have a search airplane pass over but not find Brian?  

The plane flying over Brian creates suspense. When Brian’s plane crash lands in the Canadian wilderness, he is on his own. The pilot is dead, he is not sure if the mayday signal was received, and...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 8:20 pm UTC

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What did Brian discover when he followed the tracks to the sand in Hatchet?

Hatchet, a novel released in 1987 by Gary Paulsen, tells the story of thirteen-year-old Brian as he struggles to survive in the wilderness after a plane crash. Though he has great difficulty in...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 2:28 am UTC

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

Brian is naturally concerned with his status after the accident. Given the fact that the pilot lost radio transmission and that forest in which he landed is uncharted, he is fairly convinced that...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2009 8:45 pm UTC

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In Hatchet, why did Brian's mother give him a hatchet? How did Brian feel about the gift?

In Hatchet, Brian’s family is falling apart. His mother is having an affair, something he calls “The Secret,” and she is seeking a divorce from his father, who lives in Canada. Brian is legally...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 4:41 am UTC

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What forms of ingenuity does Brian use in chapter 17?

The largest amount of ingenuity that Brian displays is seen in his desire to retrieve the survival pack from the plane. Brian recognizes that the presence of the survival pack would immeasurably...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013 10:15 am UTC

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Is the conflict of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet man vs. man or man vs. nature?

In Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, Brian Robeson experiences a man vs. mature conflict when his plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and he is forced to brave the natural elements. A man vs....

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 11:49 pm UTC

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What is significant about Brian visiting his father in Canada?

The original question had to be edited. Brian's visit with his father is the result of the recent divorce between his parents. His mother initiated it. The courts ruled that Brian is to spend the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 3:51 am UTC

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Explain why Brian said that dipping his hands in the water was nearly the last act of his life in Hatchet.

The answer to this question can be found in the early part of chapter 16. The chapter begins with Brian recounting some of his early hunting successes. This makes sense, as Brian is now hunting...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 2:29 am UTC

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What are some important vocabulary words to know when reading Gary Paulsen's Hatchet?  

Gary Paulsen's Hatchet is considered 5th- to 8th-grade reading level. As a student reads, the student may find some new, advanced words to learn to improve vocabulary and reading-comprehension...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016 6:27 am UTC

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Why was Brian struggling to hold back tears on the plane ride in chapters 1 and 2 of Hatchet?

The first two chapters of Gary Paulsen's novel, Hatchet, take place aboard a small plane carrying 13-year-old Brian Robeson to visit his father. Brian is the only passenger on board the Cessna. His...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 2:51 am UTC

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How does Brian change when fighting the moose?

Up until this moment in the story, about the most fearsome creature that Brian has had to deal with is a foolbird. But a big old moose is a whole different proposition. And while Brian is washing...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2018 9:32 am UTC

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In chapter 10 of Hatchet, why was Brian unable to cook food?

In chapter ten, Brian sees the tracks of the turtle and follows them to find the eggs. This is a big step up from his previously limited food supply that consisted entirely of the "gut cherries"...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015 3:04 am UTC

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