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 food did Brian wish for?

2. Where was the rest of the food kept?

3. What two items did Brian use to create spark?

4. Who did Brian wish was with him?

5. What is The Secret?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Brian against leaving the fire?

2. How does Brian's previous exposure to nature shows help him?

3. Explain what made Brian notice the fish for the first time?

4. What did the storm and wreckage of the campsite teach Brian?

5. Why were Brian and the sparks alike?

6. How did the approach of the plane change Brian's attitudes?

7. What good thing came out of Brian's frustration at the lack of entry into the plane?

8. How was Brian beginning to change?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

After Brian returned home, he was approached by reporters and others who wanted to turn his story into a book or movie. Brian was interested in the initial footage but was not concerned at all when the book deal fell through. Why was the publicity unimportant to Brian? What things were more important than receiving money or fame? How would you feel in this situation?

Essay Topic 2

Brian's determination helped him gain the strength to build the shelter. How did Brian know how to build a lean-to? Do you think his knowledge was gained from television, real life experience, or instruction? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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