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. What did Brian do once he was safely out of the plane?

2. Before going to bed, what did Brian do?

3. What shape was the lake Brian spotted?

4. What happens when a pilot pushes the wheel in?

5. Which of these things in relation to the lake were not mentioned by Brian?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Brian's attitude when leaving for Canada.

2. How does Brian know what is happening to the pilot?

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

4. What valuable piece of information does Brian remember about the bear?

5. Examine how Brian knows as much as he does about living in the woods.

6. In what way does Brian consider himself to be lucky?

7. How did the pilot's death affect Brian's location?

8. What are Brian's feelings toward his mother at this time?

9. Explain why throwing the hatchet was foolish.

10. Explain why Brian chooses the water as the place to land the plane.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What inherent skills and personality traits did Brian possess that especially helped him in his situation? Examine the ways he was able to push past his coping skills to rise to the occasion during his ordeal.

Essay Topic 3

The moose attack was completely unexpected. Why would the moose attack for no reason? Was Brian provoking the moose without knowing it? How did Brian use his knowledge and intuition to keep the moose away? What would you have done if you were caught in a similar situation?

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