Once you are able to understand or even write your own summary on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you can answer some Hatchet questions to help you comprehend the themes and characters better.
1. Why is Brian so lost in thought during the plane ride? Why doesn't he seem very excited?
2. When the pilot has a heart attack and Brian is in control of the plane himself, what is his plan? Do you think this was a good plan? Why or why not?
3. What are the essential things that someone needs to survive in the wilderness? Does Brian have these things? How long does it take him to figure out what he needs?
4. For a while, Brian feels depressed. Provide three specific places where Brian is drowning in despair in the novel.
5. What happens to lift Brian's spirits? Why does he turn into the new Brian?
6. List three things that happen to Brian that might have made the old Brian give up, but the new Brian just keeps on being "tough."
7. How does Brian get rescued?
8. Brian changes throughout the novel--physcially and mentally. Find two quotes toward the end of the novel that prove he is thinking differently about life.
9. Do you think Brian makes the right choice by not telling his dad about "The Secret?" Would you have told? Why or why not?
Use these Hatchet questions as a guide while you read the novel and explore the themes and character of Brian.