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Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
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1.If you had the time to put a survival pack together, what would you include? How does this compare to the items in the survival pack Brian pulls out of the plane? Why doesn't Brian use all of these items?
 
2.If you had the time to put a survival pack together, what would you include? How does this compare to the items in the survival pack Brian pulls out of the plane? Why doesn't Brian use all of these items?
 
3.Brian's English teacher once told him that his mind has the power to control his body. In what way has Brian achieved greater harmony between mind and body?
 
4.What is the significance of the title? Why would Gary Paulsen have chosen "hatchet" as the name of his book? What does the hatchet symbolize?
 
5.What rules for life does Brian learn in the wilderness? Will Brian find it difficult to return to his "old" life after rescue? If so, what problems might he have?
 
6.What, in your opinion, does it take to be a survivor?
 
7.How does Brian's attitude towards his mother and "the Secret" change during his time in the wilderness? Why do you think it changes?
 
8.How do you think surviving in the wilderness would change you? What would it be like for you if you were isolated from other human beings and had no one to talk to?
 
9.How might the story have been different if Brian had dropped the hatchet in the process of swimming to shore right after the plane crashed into the lake?
 
10.What did you like best? Least?
 
11.In Chapter 19, Brian discovers the rifle in the plane's survival pack. If he'd had the rifle from the beginning, how do you think it might have changed his experience in the wilderness? Why does he "set it aside, leaning it carefully against the wall?"
 
12.If you had the time to put a survival pack together, what would you include? How does this compare to the items in the survival pack Brian pulls out of the plane? Why doesn't Brian use all of these items?
 
13.This book was a Newbery Honor Book, meaning it was considered one of the very best books of the year. What is it that makes it stand out?
 
Author Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/
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