Essay Summary of Hatchet Study Guide Questions

Chapter 1
Where is Brian going?
to visit his Dad in Canada
Chapter 1
Why is Brian not speaking to his mom?
He’s angry at her for causing the divorce/ he knows a secret about her
Chapter 1
What did Brian’s mom give him on the drive up to meet the airplane?
A hatchet
Chapter 1
What happened to the pilot as they flew toward Canada?
He had a heart attack
Chapter 1
How did Brian know the pilot was having a heart attack?
He saw an elderly man have a heart attack in the mall and he was acting the same
Chapter 2
What was the response Brian got as he tried to communicate over the radio?
Someone responded, but the transmission was lost and he never got anyone else
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Chapter 2
What were Brian’s two choices as he flew in the plane wondering what to do?
Take the plane down immediately or wait until it ran out of fuel and the plane would go down by force
Chapter 2
Where did Brian decide would be the best place to land the plane?
on the water
Chapter 2
What did the airplane do that made Brian realize he had to land the plane?
Coughed and died/ ran out of gas
Chapter 3
Where was Brian able to land the plane?
In an “L” shaped lake
Chapter 3
What did Brian have to do to make it out of the crashed airplane alive?
Tear off his seatbelt, swim through the broken windshield, swim to the surface and swim to shore.
Chapter 4
How does the forest compare to the city life Brian was used to?
quiet, different colors, insects humming, birds chirping, splashing from the fish
Chapter 4
What was the Secret Brian knew about his mom?
He saw her with another man in a station wagon and assumed that was the reason for the divorce
Chapter 4
What attacked Brian as he watched the sun rise?
Mosquitos and black flies
Chapter 4
What made the mosquitos and black flies disappear and leave Brian alone?
Heat from the sun/ sun rising fully
Chapter 5
How old is Brian?
13 years old
Chapter 5
What advice did Brian’s English teacher, Perpich, give him in school?
be motivated, you’re your best asset, stay positive and on top of things
Chapter 5
Why did Brian think the searchers wouldn’t be able to find him immediately?
When the pilot was having his heart attack, he jerked the plane off course
Chapter 6
What did Brian decide to use as a shelter?
an overhang in the cliff
Chapter 6
What food did Brian find to eat?
Tart berries on a bush
Chapter 6
How did Brian make his shelter safer?
Used sticks to make a wall and closed it off
Chapter 7
When Brian looked in the water at his reflection, how did he feel? Why?
He was frightened
He saw how cut up, bruised, swollen, bleeding he was/ didn’t realize he was in such bad shape
Chapter 7
What did Brian call the berries that made him sick?
Gut cherries
Chapter 7
What other kind of berries did Brian find?
Raspberries
Chapter 7
When Brian ran away from the raspberry bushes after seeing the bear, why did he turn back and go back to the raspberry bushes?
He realized the bear wasn’t there to hurt him, the bear just wanted the raspberries
Chapter 8
Why had the porcupine attacked Brian during the night in the shelter?
Brian scared it/ it was protecting itself
Chapter 8
What did Brian dream of the night he got hurt by the porcupine?
His father and Terry telling him how to make a fire
Chapter 8
What was Brian able to use to start a fire?
Using his hatchet against the rocks/ making sparks
Chapter 9
What steps did Brian take to make a fire?
Make sparks from hatchet and rock onto fine kindling, blow gently on it, add small wood pieces and grass, then dried sticks from trees
Chapter 9
Why do you think Brian felt like the fire was his friend?
It would protect him and help him
Chapter 10
What did Brian find at the shore four inches buried in the sand?
Eggs
Chapter 10
What had laid the eggs?
A turtle
Chapter 10
How did Brian eat the eggs?
Break them open with his hatchet and a stick and ate them raw
Chapter 10
Why did Brian not want to stop thinking about the searchers?
he felt if he stopped thinking about them, they would stop thinking about him
Chapter 11
How had Brian begun to change physically since the crash?
Thinner, tanned, leathery face
Chapter 11
How was Brian’s mind different since the crash?
He now knew what the noises were around him, when he saw something he really saw it, not just noticed it
Chapter 11
What was Brian’s plan if he ever heard a plane engine roar overhead?
Run up with a burning limb and light the signal fire
Chapter 11
As Brian looked over the lake what did he realize he could eat?
Fish
Chapter 12
What was Brian working on when he heard the whine of the plane engine?
Bow
Chapter 12
Tell me three words that would describe how Brian felt when the plane turned and went away?
Despair, disappointment, hopeless, sad, alone etc.
Chapter 13
What did Brian use for a string on his bow?
His shoelace
Chapter 13
Why wasn’t Brian able to catch any fish when he first made his bow and arrow?
He was aiming to high/ the water would make the fish appear closer than they were
Chapter 13
What kind of hope did Brian find building in him?
tough hope/ hope that he could survive and take care of himself
Chapter 14
What were the effects Brian had after he was sprayed with the skunk?
Blind for two full hours, eyes hurt for weeks, smell lingered at least a month and a half later
Chapter 14
How did Brian make a ladder to get to his food shelf?
Found a pine, chopped off branches so the remaining branches were 4-5 apart, chopped the log so it’s only ten feet long
Chapter 14
What did Brian do to store the fish so they wouldn’t go bad?
He made a pond to keep them close and fresh so he could catch them when he needed them
Chapter 15
Tell me about the event, First Meat?
That was the first time Brian killed a foolbird for food
Chapter 15
Why was it so difficult for Brian to catch a foolbird?
They blended in with the environment, silent, stood perfectly still, couldn’t see them until after they flew
Chapter 15
Why didn’t flies or mosquitos come into the shelter when the fire was built up?
They didn’t like the smoke
Chapter 15
When Brian was cleaning the bird to eat it, what did he do with the insides of the bird?
Wash it off into the pond
Chapter 16
Tell me some of the “First Days” Brian remembered?
First Arrow Day, First Rabbit Day, First Meat Day
Chapter 16
How did the moose react to Brian when she saw him at the water and wanted to come down to the water herself?
Attacked him
Chapter 16
What did Brian have to do to get away from the moose?
When the moose was eating he had to crawl away slowly from her, stopping and waiting when the hair on her back raised up
Chapter 16
Why did Brian feel like he was back to “square one” after the tornado?
He was injured, had no fire, no food, weapons and shelter were gone
Chapter 16
After the tornado, what unnatural object was sticking out of the water?
The tail of the airplane
Chapter 17
Why was Brian anxious to get the survival pack from the back of the plane?
It would have things to make his surviving much easier
Chapter 17
What is a fish board?
A flattened board Brian used to lay his fish on and lean to the fire to cook them
Chapter 17
Why was building a raft difficult for Brian?
He didn’t have anything to hold the logs together
Chapter 17
How did he solve his problem and tie the logs together for the raft?
Used logs with branches and wove them together
Chapter 17
When Brian finally made it to the plane, what was his predicament?
Couldn’t get inside the plane
Chapter 18
How was Brian able to get into the plane?
Cut through the aluminum with his hatchet
Chapter 18
What did Brian have to dive into the water for?
His hatchet
Chapter 18
What made Brian sick when he was under the water looking for the survival bag?
Seeing the skull of the pilot
Chapter 18
How long did it take Brian to go to the plane, get the survival bag and get back to his camp?
From morning until into the dark of night
Chapter 19
How did Brian feel about the items in the survival pack as he looked through them?
Happy and sad/ they changed him
Chapter 19
How did the items in the survival bag change him?
made him more removed from the world around him
Chapter 19
When Brian went through the dehydrated food packages, why do you think he decided to feast now and be careful with the food later?
He was so hungry/ he felt he knew how to get his own food, so enjoy what was there that night/ celebration for finding the survival bag
Chapter 19
When Brian was preparing his feast and drinking his orange drink, what appeared out of the sky?
An airplane
Chapter 19
What was the first thing Brian said to the pilot of the plane who heard his transmitter?
“Would you like something to eat?”

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