Hatchet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of these is not a benefit of having a fire?

2. Who lived in the lodge?

3. What kind of branches did Brian use for his shelter?

4. Which of these things was not a problem for Brian?

5. What does Brian think about when he's trying to go back to sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss what might have happened if Brian was unable to remove the quills from his leg.

2. Explain why the smell of the animal frightened Brian.

3. What is the purpose of building a shelter against the rock?

4. What is lost when Brian learns about the secret?

5. Why was Brian so afraid of an animal outside the shelter?

6. Explain why it is important for Brian to learn to cooperate with nature.

7. Why does Brian get sick from the gut cherries?

8. What benefits were created by having a fire?

9. Name the three things Brian needs most to survive in the woods.

10. Discuss why Brian is upset by his reflection.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the beginning of the story, Brian's relationship with his mother was strained. After Brian returned home, the relationship seemed to smooth out. What made Brian realize that his mother had to have her own life? At what point does Brian stop being so angry with his mother? Do you think Brian will ever accept his mother's boyfriend?

Essay Topic 2

Brian found a bush of "gut cherries" and devoured many of them. Since Brian knew nothing about gut cherries, was it a good idea to eat the berries? Examine what might have happened if the berries were highly poisonous. (Choke cherries, aka "gut cherries" are poisonous in large quantities, especially when they are overripe.)

Essay Topic 3

The pilot's heart attack left Brian in the plane with no skill or instruction. Do you think this was a standard procedure? Should there have been a co-pilot? What might you have done in this situation?

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