Novel Quiz: Hatchet By Gary Paulsen!

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Hatchet is a young-adult wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen. The story revolves around a 13-year-old boy named, Brian Robeson whose parents are divorced. He left New York City to see his father in the Canadian Woods. But due to misfortune, Brian's plane gets crashed, and the pilot dies due to a heart attack. After the incident, he survived and left with a hatchet, which was given by her mother. Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the story of chapters 11 and 12.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    To clean his shelter Brian __________________.

    • A.

      Changed the pine needle bedding

    • B.

      Washed the rocks down with water from the lake

    • C.

      Brought in dry leaves to cover the floor

    • D.

      Swept the sand and hung up his jacket to dry

    Correct Answer
    D. Swept the sand and hung up his jacket to dry
    Explanation
    Brian cleaned his shelter by sweeping the sand and hanging up his jacket to dry. This suggests that the shelter was located in a sandy area, and the sand needed to be cleared to keep the shelter clean and tidy. Additionally, Brian hung up his jacket to dry, indicating that it might have been wet or dirty, and he wanted to ensure it was clean and dry for future use.

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  • 2. 

    How has Brian’s body changed since he crashed in the Canadian wilderness?

    • A.

      Brian's stomach has caved in, his skin is tanned, and his face is leathery from the smoke.

    • B.

      Brian's hair is long and shaggy, and his nails are broken and ragged.

    • C.

      Brian's face is scarred from the plane crash

    • D.

      Brian's arms have grown strong from all the firewood he has carried.

    Correct Answer
    A. Brian's stomach has caved in, his skin is tanned, and his face is leathery from the smoke.
    Explanation
    Brian's body has changed since he crashed in the Canadian wilderness. His stomach has caved in, indicating that he has lost weight and possibly experiencing malnutrition. His skin is tanned, suggesting prolonged exposure to the sun. Additionally, his face is leathery, which could be a result of the smoke he has been exposed to. These changes in his body could be attributed to the harsh conditions and survival challenges he has faced in the wilderness.

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  • 3. 

    How has Brian changed mentally?

    • A.

      Brian is depressed and cries constantly.

    • B.

      When Brian hears or sees something he knows what it is in his mind, and he moves to be ready for it, to deal with it.

    • C.

      Brian is a nervous wreck, jumping at every little sound.

    • D.

      Brian fears the ghost of the dead pilot at the bottom of the lake will come after him.

    Correct Answer
    B. When Brian hears or sees something he knows what it is in his mind, and he moves to be ready for it, to deal with it.
    Explanation
    Brian has become mentally alert and responsive. He has developed the ability to quickly recognize and understand his surroundings, allowing him to anticipate and prepare for potential threats or challenges. This shows a significant change from his previous state of depression and constant crying. Additionally, his fear of the ghost of the dead pilot indicates a heightened sense of anxiety and paranoia, further highlighting his mental transformation.

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  • 4. 

    As Brian looks down at the lake from the top of the stone bluff, he __________.

    • A.

      Watches a mother bear with her cubs as she catches a small rabbit

    • B.

      Thinks about the pilot of the plane and how he must look after all these days underwater

    • C.

      Sees a kingfisher catching a fish and knows he can catch fish as well

    • D.

      Figures out a way to build an SOS message from branches so pilots can find him

    Correct Answer
    C. Sees a kingfisher catching a fish and knows he can catch fish as well
    Explanation
    Brian sees a kingfisher catching a fish and realizes that he can also catch fish.

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  • 5. 

    Chapter 11 begins and end with the words _____________.

    • A.

      "Easy say, hard do."

    • B.

      "There were these things to do."

    • C.

      "Only the strong survive."

    • D.

      "Help, Help, Help!"

    Correct Answer
    B. "There were these things to do."
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "There were these things to do." This answer is supported by the information provided in the question, which states that Chapter 11 begins and ends with these words. The other options, "Easy say, hard do," "Only the strong survive," and "Help, Help, Help!" are not mentioned in the question as the beginning and ending words of Chapter 11. Therefore, "There were these things to do" is the most appropriate answer based on the given information.

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  • 6. 

    Brian spent hours trying to catch fish with ___________.

    • A.

      His hands

    • B.

      A net

    • C.

      A spear

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. A spear
    Explanation
    Brian spent hours trying to catch fish with a spear. This suggests that he was engaged in a more active and direct method of fishing, as opposed to using his hands or a net. Using a spear requires skill, precision, and patience, as he would have to carefully aim and strike the fish in order to catch them.

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  • 7. 

    What tool must Brian reinvent?

    • A.

      A hammer

    • B.

      The fishing rod

    • C.

      A hatchet

    • D.

      A bow and arrow

    Correct Answer
    D. A bow and arrow
    Explanation
    Brian must reinvent a bow and arrow. This suggests that Brian needs to create a new or improved version of this tool, possibly because the existing one is outdated, broken, or not meeting his needs. It implies that Brian is skilled in crafting and has the knowledge to redesign and enhance the bow and arrow for better performance.

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  • 8. 

    A _______exploded under Brian’s feet making him fall to the ground.

    • A.

      Frog

    • B.

      Rotten log

    • C.

      Bird

    • D.

      Pile of leaves blown by the wind

    Correct Answer
    C. Bird
    Explanation
    A bird exploded under Brian's feet making him fall to the ground. This explanation suggests that a bird, for some unknown reason, exploded while Brian was standing on it. The force of the explosion caused him to lose his balance and fall to the ground.

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  • 9. 

    What happened to the plane that flew over Brian’s camp?

    • A.

      The plane crashed into a tall tree.

    • B.

      The plane circled the camp several times then landed on the lake.

    • C.

      The plane turned back.

    • D.

      A bird hit the plane making it crash into the lake.

    Correct Answer
    C. The plane turned back.
    Explanation
    Based on the given options, the correct answer is that the plane turned back. This means that instead of continuing its flight path or crashing, the plane changed its direction and went back to where it came from. The other options, such as crashing into a tall tree, landing on the lake, or being hit by a bird, are not supported by the information provided.

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  • 10. 

    Where did Brian decide to land the plane?

    • A.

      Near an airport

    • B.

       In a clearing

    • C.

      In the woods

    • D.

      In a lake

    Correct Answer
    D. In a lake
    Explanation
    Brian decided to land the plane in a lake. This choice may have been due to the lack of suitable landing options near an airport, in a clearing, or in the woods. Landing in a lake could provide a relatively open space for the plane to touch down safely. Additionally, water landings can be less damaging to the aircraft compared to landing on solid ground, reducing the risk of injury to Brian and any passengers on board.

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