Hatchet Chapter Questions

Chapter 1 & 2 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 1&2" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color.
1. Brian Robeson was headed to ________________ in a Cessna 406 to spend the summer with his dad.
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2. While Brian traveled, the pilot taught him ________________.
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3. While Brian was riding in the Cessna he was thinking about ______________.
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4. The first sign the pilot wasn't feeling well was when _____________.
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5. How often did Brian use the radio to call for help?
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6. Brian decided he should land the plane _________________.
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7. Brian is a 13 year old boy who is upset by his mother’s secret.  True or False.
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8. Brian’s mother gave him a pocket knife as a gift before he went to see his father.
  True or False. 
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9. Brian is an expert at flying a Cessna 409.
  True or False. 
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10. Brian used the pilot's headset to call for help.
 True or False. 
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11. The pilot's mouth went rigid, he swore and jerked a short series of slams into the seat, holding his shoulder now. Swore and hissed, "Chest! My chest is coming apart!"  This passage implies _________________.
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12. Which sequence best describe the order of events in Chapters 1-2?
1) The plane ran out of gas.
2) Brian leaves New York.
3) The pilot dies. 
4) Brian's mother gives him a hatchet.
5) Brian used the radio to call for help every ten minutes.
6) The pilot teaches Brian how to steer the Cessna.
7) Brian corrected the plane's altitude. 
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13. What is the main conflict in Chapters 1-2?
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14. Based on the story, it is likely that _____________.
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Chapter 3 & 4 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 3&4" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color.
1. The Cessna crashes because ________________.
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2. When Brian woke the next morning, his legs were cramped and drawn up and his back hurt when he tried to move, but worst of all was ___________.
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3. Before the sun came up, Brian was bothered by ______________.
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4. Brian saw ___________________ when he was riding his bicycle with his friend Terry.
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5. What happened to Brian when he was 9 years old?
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6. Brian had a hard time trying to stay awake after the plane crash.  True or False.
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7. Brian thought the place where he had landed was ugly with its brown trees.  True or False. 
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8. Brian is troubled by the Secret.  True or False. 
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9. A piece of metal from the plane stabbed Brian in the leg during the plane crash.  True or False. 
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10. Which sequence best describes the order of events in Hatchet?
    1) The plane crashed into the lake.
    2) Brian felt like his legs were on fire and his head felt like a hammer was hitting him.
    3) Brian vomited.
    4) The pilot had a heart attack and died.
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11. The author of Hatchet, Gary Paulsen, most likely wrote Hatchet to ____________.
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12. Find a quote from Hatchet that contains a cause-effect relationship.
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Chapter 5 & 6 Comprehension/Discussion questions
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1. Brian woke up very _______________.
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2. When Brian sorted out his thoughts, he figured this was the first day after the crash, and ___________.
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3. Brian's English teacher Perpich was always saying _______________.
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4. When Brian collected his possessions, he had coins, a fingernail clipper, a twenty dollar bill, paper, and _______________.
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5. Brian was very hungry and kept thinking about eating a(n) ___________.
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6. Brian remembered that when the pilot had the heart attack, _____________________.
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7. When Brian realized that it might be several days before he would be rescued, he decided to________.
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8. In a flashback, Brian remembered a time he and Terry ______________.
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9. Brian remembered watching a television show where air force pilots took a survival course.  This helped him think about what he could eat.  Brian decided there must be _____________ here by the lake.
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10. What did Brian always keep in sight so he wouldn’t get lost?
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11. Brian knew the food was not poisonous because ______________.
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12. As the sun went down, ____________.
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13. A good title for Chapter 6 could be . . .
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14. Which sequence best describes the order of events in Hatchet?
    1) Brian can hardly stay awake because of the pain in his head and leg.
    2) The plane crashes in the lake in the Canadian wilderness.
    3) Brian makes a shelter to live in.
    4) After two days, Brian finds food to eat.
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15. Write a statement about Hatchet that is an opinion.
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Chapter 7 & 8 Comprehension/Discussion questions
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1. Brian woke in the middle of the night ___________.
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2. What caused Brian to get sick?
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3. When Brian was unable to sleep, he kept thinking about __________.
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4. To keep from getting sick again, Brian _____________.
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5. Passing by the gut cherries, Brian found ______________ to eat.
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6. Brian saw a bear where?
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7. One delightful treat was _____________.
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8. What hurt Brian in these chapters?
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9. Before the animal attacked, Brian was awakened by ______________.
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10. What happened in Brian’s dream?
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11. How will Brian make a fire?
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12. Brian chipped his hatchet while doing what?
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13. A good title for Chapter 7 could be . . .
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14. A good title for Chapter 8 could be . . .
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15. Write a statement from Hatchet that contains a cause-effect relationship.
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16. Based on Chapter 8, one could conclude Brian will ______________.
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Chapter 9 & 10 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 9&10" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color. 
1. Brian tried lighting many items. Finally he was able to make a fire by igniting _________________.
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2. Brian discovered that he also needed ___________ to get the fire going.
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3. Name 3 reasons Brian wanted a fire.
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4. Building the fire took Brian how long?
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5. Brian was lucky a sound woke him because _____________.
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6. _____________ was making the noise that awakened Brian.
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7. Brian called himself ____________.
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8. The best thing about having the night visitor was Brian _______________.
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9. How did Brian know the animal that came up in the sand was a turtle?
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10. Watching Uncle Carter eat ____________ made Brian feel queasy.
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11. The turtle eggs looked like _____________.
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12. Brian ate how many eggs?
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13. A good title for Chapter 9 could be ______________.
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14. A good title for Chapter 10 could be ______________.
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15. Find a statement about Hatchet that contains a cause-effect relationship.
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16. From which point of view is Hatchet written?
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Chapter 11 & 12 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 11&12" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color. 
1. To clean his shelter, Brian did what?
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2. How has Brian’s body changed since he crashed in the Canadian wilderness?
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3. How has Brian changed mentally?
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4. As Brian looks down at the lake from the top of the stone bluff, he __________.
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5. Chapter 11 begins and ends with the words _____________.
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6. Brian spent hours trying to catch fish with ___________.
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7. What tool must Brian reinvent?
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8. A _______exploded under Brian’s feet making him fall to the ground.
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9. What happened to the plane that flew over Brian’s camp?
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10. When Brian heard the plane, he __________.
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11. At the end of Chapter 12, Brian felt ______________.
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12. Which sequence best describes the order of events in these chapters?

1) As Brian is splitting wood, he hears a whining sound.
2) Brian just about steps on a bird.
3) Brian uses a spear to try and catch fish.
4) The plane flies away.
5) When the spear does not work Brian decides a bow with arrows.

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13. What is the main conflict that Brian is facing at this point in Hatchet?
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14. Develop a question that Chapters 11 - 12 would answer.
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Chapter 13 & 14 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 13&14" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color. 
1. How do you know a good deal of time has passed between the end of Chapter 12, when the plane flies away, and the beginning of Chapter 13?
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2. Brian was hunting for ____________ to eat.
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3. While he was hunting, Brian sensed an animal nearby. It was a(n) ____________.
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4. The plane had crashed ____________ days before.
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5. When the plane turns around and leaves Brian, he wishes to die. Brian even ____________.
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6. When Brian first began to use the bow and arrows, he could not catch fish because _______________.
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7. On Brian's first feast day, he ate ______________.
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8. A skunk came into Brian's shelter looking for ___________.
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9. The day after the skunk took Brian's eggs, he _______________.
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10. Brian took four baths a day for what reason?
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11. Brian decided to store the food he caught where?
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12. Brian fashioned a ladder from ____________.
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13. How does Brian store his fish?
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14. A good title for Chapter 14 could be ___________.
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15. Write a question that Chapters 13 and 14 answers.
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16. What is the main conflict of Hatchet and how is it resolved?
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Chapter 15 & 16 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 15&16" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color. 
1. How did Brian know how many days he had been in the Canadian wilderness?
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2. Brian knew he couldn't catch the small rabbits or squirrels because they were too fast, but he thought he could hit a(n) ___________ with an arrow or a spear.
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3. Why did Brian get frustrated with the foolbirds?
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4. Brian discovered the secret to catching a foolbird was to ____________.
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5. In addition to fire, how did Brian cook the foolbird?
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6. Name 3-4 things that Brian eats.
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7. Brian was able to move close to the foolbirds by _____________.
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8. While washing the foolbird in the lake, Brian was attacked by a ____________.
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9. Brian escaped the insane animal by ___________.
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10. The roaring sound of ______________ awakened Brian.
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11. Why could Brian not sleep after being awakened?
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12. Brian lost everything during the storm; however he felt different now than when he first came to this area.  Why?
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13. After the sun came up, Brian noticed ____________ was sticking up in the lake.
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14. How did Brian feel about the pilot?
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15. Which sequence best describes the order of events in Chapters 15 - 16?
1) The mosquitoes wouldn't leave Brian alone.
2) A tornado torn up Brian's home.
3) Brian was attacked by a moose.
4) Brian spotted the tail of the plane sticking up out of the lake.
5) Brian was able to catch a foolbird.
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16. "Come on, he thought, baring his teeth in the darkness-come on. Is that the best you can do? Is that all you can hit me with-a moose and a tornado?"  Based on this passage from Hatchet, one can conclude what about Brian?
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17. Write a statement from Hatchet that contains a cause-effect relationship.
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Chapter 17 & 18 Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 17&18" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color. 
1. What did Brian’s campsite look like after the tornado?
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2. Before Brian could rebuild his shelter, he had to ______________ .
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3. Before going to sleep, Brian remembered that inside the plane was _______________.
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4. After the tornado, Brian found ___________ to eat.
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5. Brian decided to get to the plane by ________________.
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6. Brian named his raft _____________. (remember that boat names are italicized)
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7. Getting the raft to the plane was difficult because ____________.
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8. When Brian makes it back to civilization, what will he think about this experience?
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9. What keeps Brian from getting inside the plane?
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10. What happened to Brian’s hatchet as he was trying to cut into the side of the plane?
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11. Brian cut into the fuselage with his hatchet using what method?
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12. Why was getting the survival bag difficult?
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13. What will be in the survival pack?
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14. Write a quote from Hatchet that is an opinion.
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15. "He jerked his mind back to the lake. There was great beauty here-almost unbelievable beauty. The sun exploded the sky, just blew it up with the setting color, and that color came down into the water of the lake, lit the trees. Amazing beauty and he wished he could share it with somebody and say, 'Look there, and over there, and see that . . . '"
How is this an example of vivid imagery?
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16. Based on the story, it is likely that in the future, Brian will _______________.
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Chapter 19 & 20 (Epilogue) Comprehension/Discussion questions
Copy the questions in a New Post called "Hatchet Chapters 19&20" on the "Class Work" page of your website.  Answer in a different font color.
1. Brian called the survival pack __________.
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2. Why doesn’t Brian look through the pack as soon as he gets to shore?
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3. List something NOT in the survival pack that could prove useful.
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4. How does Brian feel about the rifle?
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5. What does Brian find in the survival kit that had a coil of wire and a long antenna?
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6. After seeing the freezed dried packs of food in the survival pack, Brian decided _____________.
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7. As Brian was cooking dinner, what happened?
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8. How does the rescue plane find Brian?
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9. How many days has it been since Brian wrecked in the Canadian wilderness?
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10. Brian asked the pilot, "______________"
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11. What happened to the pilot of the crashed plane?
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12. What became of "The Secret"?
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13. What is the main conflict in this story and how is it resolved?
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14. Quote a sentence from Hatchet that supports the conclusion that Brian was very lucky to be rescued when he was.
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15. Quote a sentence from Hatchet that contains a cause-effect relationship.
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16. Write a question that the book answers.
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