Hatchet Test | Final 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. A group of what lives on the opposite shore?

2. What noise startles Brian from his cooking chores?

3. What did the animal leave behind?

4. The bird reminds Brian of a flying what?

5. What is Brian's reward for all the hard work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Brian against leaving the fire?

2. Examine Brian's sense of pride.

3. What was Brian's reaction to the emergency transmitter?

4. Discuss the exchange between Brian and the wolf.

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

6. How did Brian figure out the second noise outside was a snapping turtle?

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

8. What was the biggest danger of going back into the plane?

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

10. Explain why Brian referred to the birds as foolbirds.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In the beginning of the story, Brian is upset with his mother over "The Secret." Do you think it was helpful or harmful for Brian to stay quiet about it? How might the story have changed if Brian had discussed the situation and the divorce with his mother?

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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